By Chelsea Cain

"[A] masterful mix of mental suspense and straight-up gore, chronicling the twisted bond among police detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell."―Criminal Element

Detective Archie Sheridan simply has to get during the following couple of days, then his birthday and Halloween could be over. yet with escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell at the unfastened, the research into the homicide of a DEA agent hard his awareness, and journalist Susan Ward displaying up at his house wanting a desire, it will be a protracted weekend.

"Grabs you're keen on a perilous undertow and does not allow you to go."―Parade magazine

Soon Archie reveals himself crashing a masked ball on a personal island owned via Jack Reynolds, a infamous neighborhood drug kingpin. via morning, Archie is again on painkillers, a visitor is lifeless, and Archie fast realizes that little is what it kind of feels. something is apparent: Gretchen is again, and Archie's nemesis and someday lover has whatever exact in brain for the birthday boy. Now, on Halloween Eve, with time operating out and the lifetime of somebody with reference to Archie at the line, Archie understands his in simple terms likelihood is to offer Gretchen precisely what she wishes. yet Gretchen will end up extra scary, and unpredictable, than Archie ever may have imagined…in Let Me cross by Chelsea Cain.

"Gretchen Lowell is not just the main attention-grabbing villain…to seem in crime fiction in lots of, decades; she's additionally turning into a multifaceted personality able to engendering a wider variety of feelings than one might count on of someone who enjoys carving up spleens."Booklist (starred review)

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The torrent of water within the bathe was once the single noise. It gave the impression of a rainstorm. Then Leo laughed—a tough, mirthless giggle. “He’s fucking with us,” he stated. His eyes have been determined. “I killed a guy, for not anything. ” “Are you yes he’s soiled? ” Archie requested. “There’s doubtless? ” the rest room door opened back, and Jack Reynolds walked in. Archie made a psychological word to fasten the door if he ever took a bath the following back. Leo became his face towards the wall, in actual fact battling for composure. “You humans have a few attention-grabbing notions of barriers during this house,” Archie referred to as. “I introduced you a few clothes,” Jack stated, conserving up a neat stack of garments and a couple of sneakers. He set the stack subsequent to a potted orchid at the marble self-importance after which sauntered over to affix them close to the bathe. Archie attempted to behave like there has been not anything unusual in regards to the undeniable fact that he was once status there rainy and donning a towel speaking to Leo whereas the bathe endured to run at the back of them. Leo nonetheless had his head became, yet his colour used to be higher, and his expression had shaped into whatever on the subject of impartial. “Am I interrupting anything? ” Jack requested, having a look from considered one of them to the opposite. “This is kind of the intimate little photo. You appear to just like the comparable ladies. might be you have to lower out the intermediary and simply fuck one another. ” Leo met his father’s gaze and smirked. “What makes you're thinking that we haven’t? ” he requested. The remark hung within the air. Archie coughed. Leo crossed in entrance of Archie, and stepped at once in entrance of Jack. For a moment Archie suggestion Leo may perhaps take his father by way of the neck. possibly test that choke carry back. Archie would possibly not also have stopped him. yet Leo’s physique used to be comfy, his shoulders free. He have been undercover goodbye that he may drop into personality similar to that. Leo grinned at Jack. They have been head to head, Jack refusing to offer flooring. “I had his cock to this point down my throat,” Leo acknowledged, “I proposal I’d choke. ” He ran his thumb alongside the nook of his mouth and licked it. Archie couldn’t think about whatever to assert to that, no matter if he’d desired to. He wasn’t going to get into this pissing fit. no longer that anybody used to be seeking to him to claim something besides. Jack smiled, although he didn’t glance amused. “Clean your self up,” Jack advised Leo. “Our site visitors are wakeful. ” Leo shot Archie a brief glance, and lower than his masks of libertine bemusement Archie proposal he observed one other emotion: worry. Then Leo reached out and straightened Jack’s tie. It used to be a strange little reveal, wealthy with either intimacy and malice. whilst he used to be performed, Leo stepped round Jack and strolled out of the room. Archie watched him pass. The door closed silently at the back of him. If it have been Archie, he might have slammed it. Jack stayed the place he used to be. He seemed Archie up and down, his eyes lingering on Archie’s torso, his chest and stomach, the place he had the main scars. If Leo had spotted the ravaged kingdom of Archie’s physique he hadn’t proven it. “I’d quite wish to end my bathe with no an audience,” Archie stated, scuffling with an intuition to re-secure his towel. Jack’s eyes stayed on Archie’s stomach, touring up the thick scar alongside his midline that marked the place Gretchen had break up him open for his spleen.

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