EMBRYO SERIES: RANEY & LEVINE
But Jill’s suspicions deepen with the grotesque murder near the hospital of another pregnant woman – her belly drained of amniotic fluid. And when a woman miscarries in the hospital and then disappears, Jill frantically searches for her – following a terrifying path that seems to link all the victims: Is someone playing with life…and the structures of human life itself?
The heart-stopping ending of Embryo has created a new crisis… Intern Jill Raney and the man she loves, obstetrical resident David Levine, barely escaped death at the hands of a madman. The awful scene, captured by news choppers, became a media obsession. Jill and David are now reluctant “celebrities” – & the targets of every wacko who wants to share in the attention. Including a killer. Someone who begins venting his fury at their “fame” by his hideous assaults on women – assaults which Jill and David discover are also death threats to them, and to a 6-month-old unborn baby…
But this killer, a sharp shooter, is always a step ahead. He wears gloves and disguises, shoots victim pairs at random with an unregistered gun, and leaves no physical evidence or eyewitnesses. He’s enraged to hear that David is also a crack shot, and intrigued with the couple’s adopted little son, Jesse, almost one year old, dubbed by the media “the miracle baby,” and already showing signs that he’s as intuitive as his mother…
The killer, capable of unspeakable savagery, must commit more murders in order to hide…possibly behind the gilded cover of Show Biz Hell. As Jody Merrill called it, “That gorgeous, sparkly bubble that closes you in, bloats your ego in some weird, alternate universe where you lose all bearings, lose yourself. Fame is unhealthy.”
FROM HELL the psychopath scrawls, taunting the NYPD with the original Jack the Ripper’s 1888 letter to the police. This killer is cunning: wears gloves, disguises, and leaves no physical evidence. The cops ask “one small favor” of Jill and David, police friends and – until now, detectives on their own. “No warrant? No problem!” had been their mantra…until their relationship with the cops got crazy; led to exhaustion, conflict, and not enough time to spend with their adored little son, Jesse.
But they share the horror that grips the country and agree to help, thus plunging into an unimaginable and terrifying maze of psycho-sexual obsession and madness.