Nashville homicide detective Taylor Jackson knows danger
has come to hunt her. Fitz, a fellow officer and father
figure for Taylor, is attacked by someone who calls himself
The Pretender. Fitz is tortured, disfigured and one of his
eyeballs is removed, all as a message to Taylor. The
Pretender is no longer watching her, calling her and
waiting for her. He is ready to play.
Taylor is on leave a killing in the line of duty. She is a
bundle of nerves and her love interest, Baldwin, is at
Quantico for a secret meeting when she gets word that Fitz
is in a hospital in North Carolina recovering from his
horrific ordeal. Taylor knows that anyone close to her is
in danger. She must find The Pretender and bring him down
alone. Baldwin, however, is on the same flight as Taylor to
North Carolina to investigate Fitz's attack. Once they
arrive, all hell breaks loose and some officers are killed.
Taylor and Baldwin start getting word of killings in other
cities from copycats of the Boston Strangler, Son of Sam
and the Zodiac killer. The frightening parallel is that the
murders are being committed in a line that leads straight
to Nashville where Taylor knows The Pretender waits. How
can all these killings be random? Taylor knows something
big is going to happen soon.
When one of Taylor's closest friends is kidnapped, she
knows The Pretender has her. Taylor purposely misleads
Baldwin and the other officers to protect them. She wants
to trade her life for her friend's, but Taylor really has a
plan for the killer, a plan that will forever change her
life. But is The Pretender too good for Taylor?
SO CLOSE THE HAND OF DEATH is a terrific piece of fiction
from the shocking first page to the exquisite, staggering
end. The talented J.T. Ellison designs a complex
plot with multifarious characters who will chill you and
make you glad you are reading fiction safely in a cozy
It's a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America,
murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks
of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam.
The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicide
lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows instantly that The
Pretender is back...and he's got helpers.
As The Pretender's disciples perpetrate their sick
homages â€“ stretching police and FBI dangerously thin â€“
Taylor tries desperately to prepare for their inevitable
showdown. And she must do it alone. To be close to her is
to be in mortal danger, and she won't risk losing anyone
she loves. But the isolation, the self-doubt and the
rising body count are taking their toll: she's tripwire-
tense and ready to snap.
The brilliant psychopath who both adores and despises her
is drawing close. Close enough to touch....