The Assailant by James Patrick Hunt
(Lieutenant George Hastings)

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CO-ED SLAIN. That’s the call that brings St. Louis Police Lieutenant George Hastings to the downtown banks of the Mississippi River, where Reesa Woods has been strangled and dumped. The hard-charging Hastings is no stranger to murder, but he’s stuck without any leads until a second body—also strangled—turns up across town and he knows he’s chasing a monster.

A talented doctor with an otherwise ordinary and enviable life, Raymond Sheffield has some very dark needs. His first victims are targets of opportunity, but his ambitions go far beyond that. He’s formed a taste for killing, and his only interest is in getting better at it.

As the violence mounts, the line between upstanding citizens and their secret desires gets thinner and thinner in this thrilling game of catch-me-if-you-can from acclaimed crime novelist James Patrick Hunt.


About James Patrick Hunt

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JAMES PATRICK HUNT, a lawyer, was born in Surrey, England. A graduate of St. Louis University and Marquette University Law School, he is the author of three previous novels and now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Published June 9, 2009 by Minotaur Books. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Review: The third challenge in the series James Patrick Hunt has created for mid-forty-year-old St. Louis PD detective, Lieutenant George Hastings, is to find a psychopath who Hunt reveals early on is driven to believe that it's only strong men who "can return from a succession of murder and rape...

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