By Michael Kerr

Detective Inspector Laura Scott is creating a clean begin. Following the unintended demise of her daughter, Kara, she has transferred from the Met as much as Yorkshire.The slower speed of lifestyles and alter of scene proves useful, up until eventually 3 younger ladies are brutally murdered. Laura has to stand the truth that a serial killer is working on her patch, and the case dossier has landed on her desk.With no forensic proof or obvious cause, Laura quickly - and unofficially - contacts an previous buddy who had additionally been her lover; Jim Elliott, an ex-FBI profiler now residing within the united kingdom and operating a winning PR corporation in London.Jim reluctantly concurs to refer to at the case, to carry his 'mind hunting' talents to the help of Laura and her group, to expectantly determine and recognize the homicidal maniac often called the Tacker.

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Ein Schälmesser. Eine normale Schere, eine Gartenschere. Lange Metallspieße. Flaschen mit destilliertem Wasser. Ein aufgerolltes Seil. Die kleineren Utensilien befinden sich in der Schublade unter dem Tresen in der Kombüse. Ein Stück schwarzer Stoff, akkurat zusammengefaltet. Zusätzliche Spritzen. Einhundert Stecknadeln, in gleichem Abstand voneinander in den weichen Stoff eines Nadelkissens gesteckt, das wie eine aufgeblähte Erdbeere aussieht. Ein lächerliches Ding, dem er jedoch nicht hatte widerstehen können.

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