The Serpent's Kiss by Mark T. Sullivan
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A divorced, second generation homicide detective out of San Diego, Seamus Moynihan figures he¹s witnessed the worst kind of violence humans can visit upon one another. Then he¹s summoned to a crime scene where the victim, a naked man, has been bitten to death by a snake in a bizarre ritual orchestrated by a cunning and vicious murderer.

To catch the killer, Moynihan must embark on a mesmerizing journey into a world of twisted eroticism, black-market herpetology, fanatical spiritual cults, and ultimately one of history¹s enduring mysteries: Who was the second woman?

With the help of a Biblical scholar whose theories about the enigmatic wife of Cain may provide a startling link to the current investigation, Moynihan follows a twisting trail that leads to herpetologists on the cutting edge of television celebrity, Internet swingers exploring the dark depths of human sexuality...and a chilling fundamentalist cult in the backwoods of Alabama. As the mystery deepens, weaving together events of the distant and recent past, the veteran detective is forced to confront his own life¹s choices in a climax that threatens to destroy his sanity.

 

About Mark T. Sullivan

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Mark. T. Sullivan is the author of Labyrinth, the book Publishers Weekly called ³one of the most exciting yarns of the millennium²; The Purification Ceremony, voted one of the hundred best books of 1997 by the Los Angeles Times; and The Fall Line, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, he lives in Bozeman, Montana.
 
Published July 1, 2003 by Atria Books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The latter trauma affords Shay an unsettling empathy with his quarry, whose identity is revealed in a spooky climax as Shay is stripped, tied down, and tortured by a serpent’s “kisses.” Cop outwits captor, but a final coda suggests they may return for a sequel or even a series.

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In this, Sullivan's seventh novel, Moynihan faces a Bible-reading serial killer who uses poisonous snakes and strychnine-laced apples to gruesomely murder his victims.

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There are two points, I think, during THE SERPENT'S KISS where.

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