In this original short story from the New York Times bestselling thriller anthology FaceOff, bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford - along with their popular series characters Lincoln Rhyme and Lucas Davenport - team up for the first time ever.
The last time Lucas Davenport travelled from his home in Minnesota to New York City, it was to help his friend, NYPD detective Lily Rothenburg, catch a serial killer who was terrorising the streets of Manhattan. So it's no surprise that Lily would ask him back to consult on another difficult case - this time, one she can't entrust to her fellow NYC cops. Teaming up with New York's finest forensic mind, the irascible and brilliant Lincoln Rhyme, and Lincoln's partner Amelia Sachs, they set out to investigate the deaths of four young women, all illegal Mexicans, all of whom seem to be connected to the drug trade. The problem is: the killings may not be cartel hits-they may be carried out by corrupt cops.
Or, as the veteran investigators will soon discover, they could be dealing with a very different kind of killer-and to draw him out, Lily and Amelia will have to pose as bait.
For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Face Off!
Jeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of thirty-three internationally bestselling novels, including the 2011 James Bond novel Carte Blanche, and three collections of short stories. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim. A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for 'The Weekender' from Twisted.