Around noon, I got a call on my cell phone. Just checking in, the Mastermind said. How is San Francisco, Alex? Lovely city. Will you leave your heart there?
The Mastermind of Roses are Red is back - and he's hot on Alex Cross's trail. His cold taunts leave Alex angry and concerned for his family's safety.
Meanwhile, Alex is drawn into his most bizarre investigation yet. Two San Francisco loggers are found dead, bitten and hung by their feet to drain the blood. Further murders in California and on the East Coast completely baffle Alex. Is this the work of a cult, of rôle players, of modern-day vampires? Desperate to stop the deaths, Alex teams up with Jamilla Hughes, a savvy woman detective and the FBI's Kyle Craig. But Alex has never been closer to defeat . . .