The House that Jack Built
Scott Kingston is afraid of monsters. He thinks they’re lurking outside his bedroom window at night when his mother tucks him in. He asks his mother to keep the light on to scare the monsters away. But that light is exactly what lures the kidnapper to his window and the next morning, Scott Kingston is gone. Twenty-eight years later, Vernon Johnson is released from jail after spending the biggest part of his life on death row, convicted of having kidnapped and killed Scott Kingston. As so many times before, he has appealed his case, but this time, the judge decides to let him go. A witness has finally told the truth, and there is no longer sufficient evidence to keep him in jail.
When two women are found murdered in remote parts of her small town, Police Chief Sidney Becker detects an alarming pattern. Both were killed in a grisly fashion, and an obscure Viking coin was planted on each corpse. The symbology of the coin will lead Becker to discover clues that are dark and disturbing. The more she uncovers, the more twisted the picture becomes. It appears the killer’s motive is revenge. What did his victims do to trigger these acts of brutal violence? The killer stays one step ahead of Becker’s team at every turn. As they close in, he becomes more dangerous. Sidney barely escapes his deadly traps of fire and ice.