The Murder Artist by John Case
A Thriller

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The bestselling author of The Genesis Code and The Eighth Day now strikes his most harrowing chord, with a chilling novel that pushes suspense to nearly inhuman limits.

As a television news correspondent, Alex Callahan has traveled to some of the most dangerous corners of the globe, covering famine, plague, and war. He’s seen more than his share of blood and death, and knows what it means to be afraid. But what he’s never known is the terror that grabs him when, on a tranquil summer afternoon, he ceases to be an observer of the dark side and, to his shock, becomes enmeshed in it.

Separated from his wife, and struggling not to become a stranger to his six-year-old twin sons, Alex is logging some all-too-rare quality time with the boys, when they vanish without a trace amid the hurly-burly of a countryside Renaissance Fair.

Then the phone call comes. A chilling silence; slow, steady breathing; and the familiar, plaintive voice of a child–“Daddy?”–complete the nightmare . . . and set in motion a juggernaut of frenzy and agony.

The longer the police search, exhausting leads without success, the deeper Alex’s certainty grows that time is running out. And when, at last, telltale signs reveal a hidden pattern of bizarre and ghoulish abductions, Alex vows to use his own relentless investigative skills to rescue his children from the shadowy figure dubbed The Piper.

Whoever this elusive stranger is, the profile that slowly emerges–from previous crimes involving twins, from the zealously secret world of professional magicians, and from the eerie culture of voodoo–suggests that The Piper is a predator unlike any other. A twisted soul hell-bent on fulfilling an unspeakably dark dream. A fiend with a terrifying true calling. What Alex Callahan is closing in on is a monster with a mission.
 

About John Case

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John Case is the author of the international bestseller THE GENESIS CODE and the novels THE FIRST HORSEMAN, TRANCE STATE and THE EIGHTH DAY. He lives in Northern Virginia.
 
Published October 12, 2004 by Ballantine Books. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Business & Economics, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Searching for his kidnapped twin sons, a TV journalist follows an eerie trail.

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Scouring the Internet, Alex discovers connections between several cases of abducted twins and his own situation, and with relentless determination he continues his investigation, traveling to Daytona Beach, Fla., to interview wary sources and Las Vegas, Nev., to research the horrific deaths of tw...

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As his search leads him back and forth across the country, Callahan realizes that he is chasing a brilliant, elusive and dangerous phantom --- and that time is running out for him and his sons.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Six-year-old twins Kevin and Sean come to visit their father, Alex Callahan.

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International TV news correspondent, Alex Callahan covers all the hot spots around the world becoming immune to cruelty, abuse, and death.

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