They said it was a suicide. Melanie Jenson was found hanging by the neck in her apartment. The police investigated and the Medical Examiner agreed with them that this was an open and shut case of suicide. But what if it wasn't? Kim Jenson refuses to believe that her sister Melanie killed herself. After moving into Melanie's apartment and digging through her belongings, Kim starts to piece together a puzzle that will uncover secrets about her sister's other life and the company she kept.
Detective John Anderson is adjusting to life back in his small hometown of Belpre, Ohio, when a series of gruesome murders rocks the peaceful community. The police department is ill-equipped to deal with anything of this magnitude, but they are lucky that John has arrived fresh from a 12-year stint in the capital city of Columbus' police department. He has dealt with more psychos and ritualistic serial killers than he would ever care to discuss.
Brian Graff is about to relearn what evil really is. For over a decade he has been one of the top homicide detectives for the Phoenix Police Department. In that time he has seen the pits of deprivation and the pain and anguish that people routinely inflict on each other. He has decided after 10 years that he just doesn't want to do it anymore. His heart is no longer there. He is beyond burnt out and he is searching for something more.