“FATAL FLOWERS WILL MAKE THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS SEEM ALMOST TAME. SMITH IS A WRITER ON HIS WAY STRAIGHT UP!” -ANN RULE, AUTHOR OF OVER THIRTY CRIME BOOKS.
FROM A #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR, SUSPENSE AT IT’S BEST. FATAL FLOWERS – A SHATTERING NOVEL OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE (PUTNAM/BERKLEY).
Thomas Brunson followed Ellie Hartley from the airport. . . he held her captive on a thousand-mile journey, showed her his “lovlies,” and then he set her free.
Ellie knew she was lucky to be alive. She alone witnessed a killer’s private world of madness and murder. She alone escaped a fate too terrible to imagine . . . but why would he let her go? He’s not finished with her yet – he’s sending her flowers to prove it.
Ellie Hartley, a single mom and owner of a successful upscale shop in Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport, left work on that fateful day, thinking about getting ice cream for her precocious four-year-old daughter. When she was involved in a seemingly minor accident she walked back to check on the other driver, and her world changed. In broad daylight on the outskirts of Phoenix she was drugged and shoved into a van to go on a thousand-mile journey to Oregon, where she met the killer’s other captives, their remains now arranged on a rainy mountain top in Oregon’s coastal mountain range.
She either miraculously escaped or the killer let her go so she could tell others of his work. A logger found her on a lonely mountain road and she was taken to a coastal hospital, delirious, dehydrated, and in shock.
Former Portland Police Bureau homicide detective Patrick Meredith was on a flight to Phoenix to investigate the disappearances when he learned that the latest victim was alive. Now with the F.B.I., he diverted to to the Oregon Coast to meet with Ellie Hartley. When he arrived, he found that someone (the killer?) sent flowers to Ellie – “My lovely Ms. Hartley, I hope to see you again soon. Tell them about me.
From Washington, D.C., to Phoenix, to the Oregon Coast, Ellie, her daughter Stacey, and Meredith battle their fears and the killer, and meet his “lovelies.”
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Fans of John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, and anyone who likes riveting suspense.