A little boy makes his first kill—and he likes it. He is cunning, charming, and without remorse.
He is a sociopath.
As boy turns to man, what lies inside takes root. He will make a mark on Boston unlike any other, and FBI Special Agent Alex Troutt must figure out how to stop him.
But when she and her close-knit team move in closer, the stakes become much higher as the case takes on a more personal tone. It’s a frantic race to stop a manipulative killer before his web of deceit and destruction escalates into a blood bath of haunting proportions.
“Alex Troutt is quickly becoming one of my favorite fictional characters. I love how she’s constantly having to balance her family life and her job, even though her job is continually threatening to take over.” – Sonya N
“I simply love every single one of John Mefford’s novels. They keep you on the edge of your seat reading late into the night.” – Michele B
“Intrigue and attempts at revenge for long held grudges – the twists and turns keeps your adrenalin pumping.” – Tracy C
above reviews from the Alex Trout Series
Also available in the series…
“At Dusk” by John W. Mefford is the fifth book in the Alex Troutt series. I have been following the series from the beginning and stories get better with each installment. In this installment, Alex finds herself partnered with Terri, a female detective from the Boston PD. This partnership came about as a result of a recent murder that closely resembles a cold case that the FBI had been investigating. These two have found themselves in a race against time as they investigate what appears to be the work of a serial murderer.
This case took a different turn from the cases that Alex is used to investigating. The killer appears to be a highly intelligent sociopath. The author opened my eyes to the type person he was and how his life developed from childhood to adulthood. I also saw how his appetite for killing evolved from animals to humans. He had a specific type when it came to his victims, which is the case sometimes when it came to serial killers. The reason behind his predilection became clear as the story progressed. It almost made me feel sorry for him.
In conducting their investigation, Alex and Terri found that they were not dealing with one but two predators. This added some complexity to the case which made them realise they had their work cut out for them. However, one thing I have discovered from reading this series is that no matter how complex the case may appear, Alex with the help of her dynamic team usually gets the job done. As the investigation progresses, she once again finds that her professional life colliding with her personal life and not in a good way.
What I enjoy about this series is that the focus is not solely on solving the cases. The author provides insight into the lives of the characters, allowing for readers to become invested in them. Now that I am on book 5 I have to say that my respect for Alex has increased exponentially. I admire her dedication to her job and her children. I could empathize with her internal struggle as it relates to her relationship with Brad. I kept hoping and praying that she would make the right decision where this was concerned because after all that she has been through she deserves some happiness.
The story was fast paced. It didn’t take me long to figure the role each suspect played, however, what kept the story moving along was trying to figure out what their next move would be.
Another great addition to the series. Recommended for fans of mystery and thrillers.
About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.
John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.
When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.
John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
Nadene is an avid reader. A family friend introduced her to the fantastic world of reading with a gifted copy of Wuthering Heights. Her love of books have thought her a lot through out the years. She loves the experiences she gained through the pages of the books shehad the opportunity to read. She is never without a book and will read just about anything as long the material is compelling enough to hold her attention. She created this blog to share her love of books with like minded individuals and she hopes that in sharing her reviews visitors to the blog will discover their next addictive read. When she is not reading, she enjoys cooking, listening to music and watching television.