The Instruments of Death Omnibus, Volume 1
By Paul Dale Anderson
Now in one collection — the first three books in the Instruments of Death Series.
Relentless, inhumanly cunning, a killer stalks the serene streets and elegant houses of the quiet Illinois suburb of Riverdale. The victims’ skulls are shattered, their flesh torn and flayed.
Hard on the killer’s trail, a dedicated cop and a brilliant young doctor risk everything to run an elusive, insanely savage predator to ground. Their only clue–a beautiful girl, scarred body and soul by a past she can’t escape. Their only hope–untangling the dark, terrifying secrets of that past before their quarry turns the tables and makes them the hunted.
Torn from the pages of today’s headlines, Claw Hammer is a suspense-filled novel of psychopathological investigation orchestrated by a masterful storyteller. Now a part of the acclaimed Instruments of Death series from Gordian Knot Mysteries, and Crossroad Press Publishing, Claw Hammer introduces Detective Carl Erickson and Pathologist Marsha Wade to lovers of crime fiction.
Terror gripped the streets of Willow Woods as the grisly deaths increased. The killer struck in isolated areas, slashing young women into bloody ribbons of flesh with the precision of a surgeon. The experts knew he used a razor-sharp butcher’s knife, but only the dead knew his face….
The bad dreams started when Danny’s real dad disappeared. Weird, scary dreams about a strange man with a long, shiny knife, standing over Danny’s mother covered in blood on their kitchen floor. His mom told him to forget about the dreams and stop watching the TV news reports about the Mad Slasher. She said they were safe, especially with their new friend Michael, his pretend daddy, to protect them.
But Danny was afraid of Michael.
Michael looked too much like the monster in his dreams….
Jon Bradley, who calls himself “Sewer Rat,” lives in the sewers. No one in the sewer tunnels uses their real name. Fourteen other people live in the sewers. Most are mentally ill. Some are dangerous and protect themselves with pickaxes left behind by careless sanitation workers. But Rat has a pickaxe of his own…
When Rat returned home from the Army, he heard voices: the voices of men he had killed and the voices of friends he saw killed in combat. Rat lives in Riverdale’s sewers because the only place he doesn’t hear the voices of the dead is underground. After five years in the sewers, Rat has adapted to the culture and his eyes have adapted to the dark. He now sees better in the dark than during the day…
Lieutenant Troy Nolan, head of the Homicide Division of the Riverdale Police Department, and Sergeant Bill Bowers, primary crime scene investigator, investigate a series of mutilation murders. According to forensic pathologist Sally Brightson, all three victims died from trauma inflicted with a pickaxe, their faces ripped to pieces…
Is a serial killer lose in the city? One who will keep killing until Nolan stops him?