It is a boiling hot Boston summer. Adding to the cityâ€™s
woes is a series of shocking crimes, in which wealthy men
are made to watch while their wives are brutalized. A
sadistic demand that ends in abduction and death.
The pattern suggests one man: serial killer Warren Hoyt,
recently removed from the cityâ€™s streets. Police can only
assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks
on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so
admires. At least thatâ€™s what Detective Jane Rizzoli
thinks. Forced again to confront the killer who scarred herâ€”
literally and figurativelyâ€”she is determined to finally end
Hoytâ€™s awful influence . . . even if it means receiving
more resistance from her all-male homicide squad.
But Rizzoli isnâ€™t counting on the U.S. governmentâ€™s sudden
interest. Or on meeting Special Agent Gabriel Dean, who
knows more than he will tell. Most of all, she isnâ€™t
counting on becoming a target herself, once Hoyt is
suddenly free, joining his mysterious blood brother in a
vicious vendetta. . . .