On a hot summer night in Tampa, Jack Burcher climbed out his bedroom window to lay in the wildflower field and watch the stars. This night was very different. He witnessed his mother's abduction. With the police and FBI by the phone waiting for the ransom call, on the next night Jack sneaked out of his bedroom again. Afraid and confused, he had to return to his special place. To his surprise the sinister visitor stood in the shadows and night fog by the gates. He left a box. Only Jack's mother's heart is returned to the family.

Thirty-three years later someone takes his dying father out of a high-security sanitorium. The next night another box is delivered to the gates of the Burcher estate. Inside is his father's brain. But this time is different. Jack Burcher is the Chief Medical Examiner for Hillsborough County.

The FBI knows they are hunting the worst kind of serial killer. Now they must investigate three generations of Burcher family deaths to find where the killing trail begins. And they must talk to their only eyewitness, the ten-year-old boy with suppressed fears and pent-up rage. Time is running out. Dr. Jack Burcher is in the killer's sights.


New Release June 1, 2020

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