New York City is being terrorized by a serial killer preying on young professional ladies.
The authorities are baffled by the murders. The first murder was thought to be a case of extreme sex gone bad, but then, there was a second and a third. The politicos fearing a city-wide panic, have kept the murders under wrap desperately trying to apprehend the maniacal killer before going public.
Once hailed as ‘The Last Advocate of the Victims,’ by the local New York media, for his Sherlock Holmes style of deduction, Joey Mancuso, formerly the top homicide detective for the NYPD’s Midtown South Precinct, and his brother, Associate Pastor at St. Helen’s Church in Brooklyn, Father Dominic O’Brian, who now own — Mancuso & O’Brian Investigations, are hired as consultants for the precinct. Charged with solving these horrific murders, the brothers work out of their makeshift squad room — Captain O’Brian’s Irish Pub and Cigar Bar in the Financial District of Manhattan.
The killer, profiled as an “unprincipled psychopaths and highly narcissistic” seems to be three steps ahead of everyone. Little does Mancuso know that this killer could turn these killings into a personal affront that can threaten him and those around him.
“Murder is not about lust and it’s not about violence. It’s about possession.”
Theodore Robert Bundy – Convicted and executed serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, burglar, and necrophile.
Ten days had passed and the NYPD still hadn’t found any clues to what they quietly tagged as “The Case of the Manhattan Red Ribbon Killer.” They racked their brains over the small amount of evidence, hoping to find something—anything—that would bring them closer to a breakthrough in the mysterious and brutal deaths of three young professional ladies. The MO, or modus operandi, was the same: they were killed in their Manhattan apartments. At first, it appeared like a case of extreme sex gone bad. Choking during sex led to the accidental death of the first victim, followed by the partner vanishing. Ditto for the second and third victims. While the form of sex and the choking seemed consensual with the first victim, the last two were totally different: strangulation and breasts sliced in the form of a cross…
Award winning author – Owen Parr, in his third Mancuso – O’Brian Crime Mystery series, tantalizes the reader with clues and possibilities, in this fast-paced, page turner crime mystery novel. But don’t be fooled by what you see, like Mancuso, you’ll need to observe and not just look and search beyond the obvious. Join Joey and Father O’Brian as they feverishly work out of their Irish pub to solve this case that possibly threatens the ones they love.