Will and Karen Jennings's child is taken by serial kidnapper John Hickey. While his cousin watches five-year-old Abby, and his wife guards Will in his convention hotel room, Hickey plans a night with Karen. Until now the children have not been harmed, but this time Hickey's vengeful.
As a child Catherine Ferry's father was murdered. Now a forensic expert, Cat begins a forensic reconstruction, and she realizes that murders in New Orleans are intimately tied to her family and her past. Finding a solution means more than stopping a killer - it's the only way to save her sanity and her life.
Someone has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas to the Mississippi backwater: blood sport and the dark vices that go with it. Penn Cage begins a quest to find the men responsible but the local authorities have been corrupted and, with his family’s lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies are those bound to him by blood or honor.
Drew Elliott is a small town doctor; Penn Cage is a lawyer who returned to his hometown after the death of his wife. When the body of 17-year-old Kate Towsend is found, Drew confides to Penn that he was sexually involved with her. Penn's heart tells him Drew is innocent of murder, but his gut tells him Drew is lying about something else.