Two beach burial sites reveal the work of a serial killer on the loose in a small seaside community. Police chief Kate Rosen is faced with apprehending the murderer while fending off the negative forces of her ex-husband and local ‘good old boys club’. Both want to see her removed from office. Her allies include her retired-to-Florida ex-cop father and a state trooper companion with romantic interests for Kate.
Richard Kincaid’s killer instincts grew out of a youth marked by an abandoning mother and abusive sister and grandmother. His refuge in an obsession for seashells culminates in the shell-covered graves of his victims.
Being savvy about police procedures allows him to keep one step ahead of capture. He targets Kate’s teenage daughter Libby despite Nathan Rosen’s misguided attempt to keep her safe.
Advanced forensic technology and old-fashioned police work lead to a composite of the killer. Through a nation-wide media blitz, Richard’s long missing mother surfaces. Kate’s scheme to use the woman as bait brings the elusive killer out of hiding. The awaited mother-son reunion culminates in a surprise ending. Readers may think twice before heading to their favorite beach.