“I want to meet you tonight, and if you don’t show up, I can’t promise your family will be safe for very long. I’ll be in touch, remember, don’t go to the cops, don’t tell your family. I’ve got plans for you.”
Newspaper columnist Daniel Caruso has a wife he loves deeply, a daughter who means everything to him, and a secret that could destroy them. At a conference in Seattle, he meets and spends a passionate night with Stephen Hart, a handsome firefighter. Awakening alone and deeply conflicted, Daniel flies home to Providence, R.I., but on a layover in Chicago he receives a bizarre and frightening message indicating that someone knows of his deception. At home with his family, the serenity of a weekend morning is shattered by the arrival of a second message: a gruesome package, the contents of which make clear that Stephen Hart has been murdered. The messages increase in regularity, filled with chilling details about Daniel’s activity and making it clear that the killer knows every move he and his family make. His desperation to shield his wife and daughter from the truth is replaced by fear for their safety, as the killer becomes puppet master, dragging Daniel deeper into a netherworld of bathhouses and S-and-M bars where the killer stalks him openly. Journalist Gary Zebrun’s debut novel is a nerve-shattering thriller of psychological terror, sexual obsession, and the devastating price of secrecy.
Gary Zebrun is the editor of The Providence Journal. A graduate of Brown University, he is the recipient of a Yaddo fellowship, a MacDowell fellowship and a Breadloaf fellowship. He previously taught creative -writing at the University of Michigan before moving to Newport, R.I., where he now lives.
"Cool as witch hazel, frightening as a fresh body part, this thriller about a gay serial killer is guaranteed to give you sleepless nights. This is a page-turner about married men, cops, journalists, thieves and murderers. If you've ever wondered what goes on inside those big old clapboard houses in Providence, Rhode Island, this beautifully crafted novel will give you the horrifying scoop."--Edmund White, author of "The Married Man and "Fanny