When a lone runner is found savagely murdered on Miami Beach's North Shore, Detective Sam Becket's first concern is for his adopted daughter, Cathy, a student at Trent University. Cathy is also a runner, and she's vulnerable. As Sam and his team start to investigate, a connection emerges with another homicide, and others are drawn into the web.
In Miami Beach, all hell is breaking loose. First, a swimmer makes a gruesome discovery, and soon after the city is rocked by an explosion. When detective Sam Becket’s sister-in-law Claudia becomes a blackmail victim, Sam wants to help her, but he has a vicious killer to find. His only lead is Mildred Bleeker, a local character who’s seen a frightening stranger: a young man, silver from head to toe, shimmering in the night, who put her in mind of the angel of death.
From the first day he sets foot in the house, Matthew Gardner begins to realise that life with Caroline is going to be infinitely tougher than he hoped. Not only is he to live in the house that belonged to his new wife's first husband, two of her three teenage daughters, Flic and Imogen, charming to him in public, absolutely loathe him. These two young sociopaths in the making are utterly determined to get rid of their stepfather. And their means are chillingly ruthless.
The pretty gift-wrapped box floating in a toy dinghy looks innocent enough, but it holds a bloody secret: a human heart. Nothing is more important to Detective Sam Becket than being able to keep his family safe. But when that gruesome package is found outside their home, they fear it can mean only one thing: that Cal the Hater is back. When a second grisly discovery is made in a crowded resort pool, the great manhunt is back on.
"It was Hell getting to the end!"
The keeper’s rats are kept in a comfortable cage until they’ve served their purpose. The keeper feels they’re as individual as humans; they like to eat, play, fight and procreate. And some like to kill…. Life is good in the Becket household. Sam is planning a surprise for Grace’s birthday, Cathy’s back from California and Grace is seeing patients again. Even Sam’s partner, Martinez, is in love. And then the killings begin. A newly-wed couple is found horribly slain in Miami Beach, their nude bodies bizarrely displayed.
At Challow Hall Children's Home, a group of four children - abandoned, abused, neglected - had been drawn to each other early on, bonded by their shared experience. When they first start acting out parts from Lord of the Flies, it is an innocent, childish game. But then one of their support workers joins in - a woman in a position of responsibility and trust - and the game gradually takes on a more sinister edge.