By Nora Roberts
Bantam Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553265743, 368pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 1987
In the lazy days of summer, a merciless heat wave is the biggest story in Washington, D.C. But the weather is knocked off the front pages when a young woman is found strangled to death. A note left behind reads "Her sins are forgiven her."
Two more victims soon follow, and suddenly every headline is devoted to the killer the press has dubbed the Priest. When the police ask top-notch psychiatrist Dr. Tess Court to help with their investigation, she comes up with a disturbing portrait of a twisted soul.
Detective Ben Paris doesn t give a damn about the killer's psyche. What he can t easily dismiss is Tess. Tall, dark, and good-looking, Ben has a legendary reputation with women, but the coolly elegant Tess doesn t react to him like other women he's known and he finds the challenge enticing.
Now, as the two are thrown together in a perilous quest to stop a serial killer, the flame of white-hot passion flares. But someone also has his eyes on the beautiful blond doctor ... and Ben can only pray that if the madman strikes, he'll be able to stop him before it's too late....
“Roberts is indeed a word artist, painting her story and characters with vitality and verve.”
— Daily News of Los Angeles