He believes in trial by fire. He captures and sets his victims on fire and gives them no mercy.
When it's found out that someone is burning retired or active policemen it comes to the attention of Adam Raiker of The Mindhunters. One is his people Risa Chandler happens to currently be taking a medical leave after a harrowing experience in the same town as the latest victim. Risa has also started suffering from "dreams" again and her latest is of a man screaming as he is on fire.
Nate McGuire who is a Philadelphia homicide detective has been asked to pick up and take Risa to the latest scene. He has no idea who she is or why she is suddenly part of the investigation. Once it's realized they have a serial killer on their hands and Risa skills looks to be helpful she is asked to join the task force that's created to find the killer.
Nate and Risa race to figure out what the link is between the victims and realize there will probably be more before they find the killer.
While the investigation is going on we also get glimpses of Nate and Risa's home life. Nate had to take custody of his sister's special needs son when her addictions got out of hand. Even though his sister is back and living with him she isn't always trust worthy and doesn't handle the stress of having a special needs child and what she calls a perfect brother well.
Risa last mission left a child dead and she was injured. She is questioning everything about her life and goes to stay with her mother who she has sort of a love/hate relationship with. Risa childhood was not the greatest from the choices her mother made and some of those choices almost got her mother killed.
If you're a fan of the series Adam is still trying to find the person that is out to kill him. The attempts on his life have only increased but he thinks he knows know how is behind them. His story and the conclusion is the next book in the series.