Every night a family dies.
When a blizzard rages through the streets of Liverpool, a family of six are slaughtered in their beds. Their mutilated bodies have been dragged onto the landing to form a strange pattern. None of the neighbours heard a sound.
His life was devoted to art. His death was a masterpiece
Leonard Lawson was a respected professor of medieval art. He lived a quiet life in a suburb of Liverpool with his grown-up daughter. As far as anyone knew, he had no enemies.
Louise Lawson watched her father die. Before she blacked out, she saw his body mutilated and deformed, twisted into a hellish parody of the artworks he loved.
Six women. Six abductions. Six souls in peril... London is in the grip of a barbaric serial killer, dubbed Herod by the tabloid press. Four pregnant women have been abducted in quick succession, their bodies mutilated and dumped. When a fifth pregnant woman, Julia Caton, is taken from her home in the dead of night, DCI David Rosen knows that time is running out to save her... Then Rosen gets a mysterious phone call from Father Sebastian Flint, an enigmatic priest who seems to know rather too much about the abductions. When it emerges that Father Flint was once the Vatican's leading expert on the occult, the investigation takes an increasingly disturbing turn. But it isn't until Rosen discovers the existence of an ancient text - said to be the devil's answer to the bible - that the true horror of Herod's plan begins to unfold. Rosen is drawn inexorably to the killer's lair, where he will discover a terrible truth - that Herod's retribution is absolute, and that there are far worse things than death...
A DCI ROSEN INVESTIGATION When a nine-year-old boy is left to die inside a burning car on a sink estate in Peckham, DCI David Rosen is drafted in to investigate. The young boy has been severely burned, and is now fighting for his life. As Rosen and his team begins to scour the crime scene for forensic evidence, they discover something chilling; a graffiti image of a sinister eye, drawn in exquisite detail above the site of the wreckage – and behind it, a series of mysterious markings, etched into the wall. Could the markings represent a secret code left by the killer- a code that will hold the key to the investigation? Eleven-year-old Macy Connor is the only witness to the arson attack. Macy is an unusual child- deeply observant and articulate. But the more Rosen examines her testimony, the more he starts to question her version of events. Soon, Rosen begins to see that Macy is not the innocent, lost little girl she appears to be – there are darker forces at work among the children of the estate. DCI Rosen must fight to get the truth before another attack takes place, and another soul is taken….