THE REAL TITLE IS BONES!!!!
Four years ago, a teenage waif Gillian Sayres accosted reporter Irene Kelly outside the office building that housed THE EXPRESS. Gillian was worried that her mother failed to return home the night before. Irene agreed to check out the whereabouts of the missing person, but none of her contacts had any information. Over the years, Gillian and Irene stayed in contact with each other, wondering if any corpses might be that of her mother.
Today it appears the questions surrounding the disappearance of Judith Sayres will be answered. Vicious serial killer Nicholas Parrish offers a deal in which he will take authorities to the body of Judith. He wants in exchange for doing that the dropping of the death penalty. The deal is made and Irene accompanies the police to the alleged grave site. However, a trap is set and Parrish escapes with him chasing after Irene. Parrish plans to returns to his old ways as he now obsesses on his next intended victim, Irene.
Compared with HOCUS and LIAR, BONES is a much darker tale. The brilliant Jan Burke provides readers a guided tour inside the tortured but logical mind and soul of a serial killer who gains much pleasure from mutilating and killing women. The game he plays with Irene seems as intimate in a mirror sense as the reporter's relationship with her beloved spouse. Without the gore, Ms Burke attains the level of a Thomas Harris with her latest thriller.