Where Serpents Lie
By T. Jefferson Parker
(Hachette Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780786889440, 576pp.)
Publication Date: January 1900
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A brilliant novel of one man's obsessive quest to protect the innocent--while facing the guilt in his own past Terry Naughton, head of Orange County's Crimes Against Youth unit, is the champion of children. He is their shield and their sword, their protector. He's come up against his share of heinous criminals in his years on the force--but nothing has prepared him for the Horridus. Abducting children from their beds, dressing them like little angels, and releasing them the next day, the only clue he leaves is a piece of snakeskin tucked into the folds of their gowns. So far he hasn't physically harmed any of them, but as Naughton well knows, it's only a matter of time. As he races to find the madman before his crimes escalate, Naughton learns that the Horridus may not be the only enemy. When shocking (and seemingly irrefutable) accusations put his career on the line, he is forced to confront his dark and violent past in his search for the truth. Who is behind the setup? And even if he can clear his name, can he do the same for his conscience? Where Serpents Lie pits the most memorable villain since Hannibal Lecter against an equally unforgettable hero in a thriller that is not only terrifying, but rich in psychological and moral complexity. It's a novel that will keep readers up at night, long after they've turned the last page.
T. Jefferson Parker is the award-winning author of nine previous novels, including Silent Joe, The Blue Hour, and Red Light--which was nominated for an Edgar Award for best novel. He lives in Fallbrook, California.