It is a winter of record cold, and the dead bodies of young men are being found adrift in the frigid waters surrounding the trendy summer town of Southampton, New York. Though officially the deaths have been ruled suicides, the local authorities are secretly scrambling for the identity of a cunning killer they have nicknamed “John the Baptist.” In their sights is Deacon Kane, a troubled college professor whose own teenage son drowned in a tragic accident two years before. Quickly realizing the only hope of clearing his name is to join forces with a trio of private investigators—each one more mysterious than the other—Kane plunges blindly into a manhunt that will ultimately bring him face to face with an evil that appears to have risen straight from his own tortured nightmares…an evil that dwells closer than he could have ever realized…an evil, should Kane make one wrong move, that will all too easily consume him. Called “riveting” by Booklist, “harrowing” by New York Daily News, and nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Novel, The Darkest Place is Book One of The Southampton Trilogy.
Daniel Judson, a Shamus Award winner and four-time finalist, is the author of seven acclaimed works: The Southampton Trilogy, comprised of The Darkest Place, The Water’s Edge, and Voyeur, as well as The Gin Palace Trilogy, comprised of The Poisoned Rose, The Bone Orchard, and The Gin Palace. He is also the author of a stand-alone novel, The Violet Hour.