Dale Conley has never played by the rules. That’s how he’s able to unravel the world’s deepest conspiracies, to capture the darkest of enemies.
But when a new shadow presents himself in the form of a revenge-driven madman replicating—and amplifying—the crimes of history’s infamous Mad Bomber, Dale faces an adversary who’s his equal in both intellect and ingenuity.
With a city in a panic—and with more deadly blasts, more people dying—Dale must find a way to decipher the bomber’s clues and methods … before the lunatic exacts his ultimate revenge.
A MADMAN WITH A TASTE FOR EXPLOSIVES HAS A CITY UNDER SIEGE.
AND ONLY A WILD-CARD HERO CAN STOP HIM.
Dale Conley is under pressure. His boss, his partner, the media—they all want answers. Because the bodies are piling up.
As he investigates a wave of race-related poisonings sweeping through New Orleans, Dale discovers that the murders are the work of a mysterious organization that aims to create a new slaveholding nation.
It’s a group so powerful that it was a major factor in the Civil War. It’s a group so secretive that it’s erased itself from history books for a hundred years.
But as Dale continues to pressure them, their secret is out. Now Dale has one chance to stop the villains before they disappear back into the shadows forever.
A SECRET SOCIETY STEPS OUT OF THE SHADOWS…
WITH MURDER ON ITS MIND.
Dale Conley is chasing a shadow, a whisper, a ghost.
The man Dale’s after has been slaying women all across town, leaving behind mangled bodies and taunting messages—references to infamous serial killers of history who were never identified. But Dale finds no other connections among the gruesome murders, giving the killer an unknown motive and a method that’s impossible to decipher.
While Dale desperately races to find a pattern to the slayings, the echoes of an old case return, clouding the current situation even further. Dale must find his way out of the fog … or more women are going to be butchered.
SOMEONE IS BUTCHERING WOMEN.
SOMEONE IS COPYING INFAMOUS SERIAL KILLERS.
SOMEONE CAN’T BE FOUND.
The government recruited him. They were looking for the smartest. They got the toughest.
Dale Conley’s covert missions take him deep into the shadows—but he’s never seen anything this dark. A town’s entire population is abducted overnight, a crime that bears eerie resemblance to the fabled Lost Colony of Roanoke. The only clue: a cryptic, historical message chiseled into a bloody stone.
As Dale feverishly races the clock, he’s met with the demented mass-kidnapper’s escalating demands. But it’s only when survivors begin to reappear—maimed, broken, dead—that Dale realizes the kidnapper knows about Dale’s dark past. Now Dale must clash with his own demons to have any chance at saving the missing people.
Dale Conley is struggling to be the voice of reason—because everyone around him is losing their minds.
San Francisco is in a panic. The entire city is hunting Jonathan Fair—son of a prominent crime family, sufferer of manic hallucinations, imprisoned bank robber … and recent escapee.
With the world watching and as the crimes pile up, Dale feverishly tracks Fair, whose mind has convinced him he’s living in a different time, making his actions erratic. And almost impossible for Dale to decipher.
Meanwhile, other, darker forces are using the circus surrounding the Jonathan Fair manhunt to move into position, poised to strike a blow to San Francisco…
THEY’RE BEING MURDERED ONE BY ONE…
BECAUSE THEY KNOW THE SECRET.
In hindsight, Dale Conley should have known better. He was a fool to get on that plane. But it’s not every day you get an anonymous note begging for your help at a nuclear weapons facility.
Dale stumbles into a dark web of confusion, one filled with Russian spies, a silver-tongued madman who thinks he’s a prophet, and the most destructive technology ever created. As Dale puts more of the clues together, it only pulls him further into the uncertainty.
With Cold War tension boiling around him and an attack on American soil imminent, will Dale be able to make sense of it all before it’s too late?