Sixteen years ago, the beautiful and wealthy Laura Masterson was front-page news—as the victim of the most notorious murder/suicide to hit New York’s social elite. Now, Laura’s daughter Emma is the very image of her mother, with the sort of beauty that lights up a room. With a new husband and a baby on the way, Emma wants out of the spotlight. But when two attempts are made on her life, she turns to Joe Wilder to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. it’s up to Joe to keep Emma from following in her mother’s footsteps–a legacy of deception and deadly passions no one should have to relive.
Joe follows the clues through a gallery of suspects in a variety of surroundings, from the penthouses and power offices of Manhattan’s Upper East Side to a seedy suburb of Tampa, Florida. His investigation ends one rainy midnight, in the disused poolhouse of a mansion on Long Island’s famous Gold Coast, where the original crime occurred sixteen years ago. There, he finally looks into the eyes of a desperate killer who means to claim one last victim: Joe Wilder.
“A pregnant, wealthy woman is convinced that somebody’s trying to murder her–and it’s up to Joe Wilder to assess the suspects, arrive at a motive, and prevent disaster. Fine tension evolves as a casual suspicion turns into a deadly struggle against time and an elusive killer’s cleverness.” — MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
“A gripping, eye-catching tale.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Tom Savage is the author of five suspense novels: Precipice, Valentine, The Inheritance, Scavenger, and A Penny for the Hangman. He wrote two detective novels under the name T. J. Phillips, Dance of the Mongoose and Woman in the Dark. His short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and anthologies edited by Lawrence Block, Harlan Coben, and Michael Connelly, and many of them are included in his collection, Jumbie Tea and Other Things: 8 Tales of Mystery and Suspense. His short story, “The Method In Her Madness,” was nominated for the Barry Award for Best Mystery Short Story of 2005. His bestselling novel, Valentine, was made into a Warner Bros. film. In his younger days he was a professional actor, and he also wrote a Broadway show, Musical Chairs. Raised in the Virgin Islands, he lives in New York City, where he worked for many years at Murder Ink®, the world’s first mystery bookstore. Visit his website/blog at: www.tomsavagebooks.com