Some sins are unforgivable...
There's no escaping the sizzling heat of the Washington summer ... or the twisted ministry of "The Priest--a madman who is strangling slender, pretty blondes with the white silk scarf of a priest, leaving notes that forgive his victims.
But it's the... read more
Combining explosive suspense with sensual passion, the bestselling author of Carnal Innocence and The Reef turns up the heat in this classic tale, available for the first time in hardcover-the sizzling story of a man and woman on the trail of a demented killer... and on the verge of... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Combining explosive suspense with sensual passion, the bestselling author of Carnal Innocence and The Reef turns up the heat in this classic tale, available for the first time in hardcover-the sizzling story of a man and woman on the trail of a demented killer... and on the verge of surrendering to a dangerous love.
In the last lazy days of summer, the merciless two-week heat wave is the biggest story in Washington, D.C. But the weather is finally knocked off the front pages when a young woman is found strangled to death-a priest's white silk amice pulled taut around her throat. Pinned near the scarf is a note that simply reads her sins are forgiven her. It is a chilling crime, made even more terrifying when it is followed by a second murder... and then a third. Suddenly every headline is devoted to the killer the press has dubbed "the Priest."
The slayings have piqued the interest of Dr. Tess Court, a top-notch psychiatrist dedicated to treating the problems of the human mind.
And when the police make little headway in solving the crimes, Tess is reluctantly thrust into the very heart of the investigation. Called in to create a detailed psychological profile of the murderer, she comes up with a disturbing and frightening portrait of a twisted soul who believes he is not murdering-but ministering.
Detective Ben Paris doesn't give a damn about the killer's soul or his psyche, and he makes it clear that he thinks calling in a psychiatrist is on a par with ringing up a psychic hot line.
What he can't dismiss so readily is his immediate and irresistible attraction to Tess. Tall, dark, and good-looking, Ben has a reputation with women that is legendary, and with good reason. But the coolly elegant Tess doesn't react to Ben like any other woman he's ever 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 else has his eyes on the beautiful blond doctor... someone who dreams of saving her and cleansing her soul with his special brand of absolution. And while Tess is confident she can help him, Ben can only pray that when the madman strikes, he'll be able to stop him before it's too late....
“'You're a shrink?' 'You're a cop?' 'That's the bell for round one.'”
“Okay. Maybe I see you as someone raking in bucks off frustrated housewives and bored executives. Everything harks to sex or mother hating. You answer questions with questions and never raise a sweat. Fifty minutes goes by and you click over to the next file. When someone really needs help, when someone's desperate, it gets passed over. You label it, file it, and go on o the next hour.”Ben
“All right, let's try a different angle. You're a homicide detective. I guess all you do all day is two-wheel it down dark alleys with guns blazing. You dodge a few bullets in the morning, slap the cuffs on in the afternoon and haul him in for interrogation. Is that general enough for you?”Tess
“'I call her D.C. 'As in Washington?' 'As in Dumb Cat.'”
“It's okay, I got it out of my system. So you're going to have Thanksgiving dinner with Tess and her granddaddy. What's the problem?”Ed
“I'm not going to let anything happen to her. Not just because I'm a cop and it's my duty to shield and protect, but because she matters.”Ben
“Certain people have difficulty admitting to emotional commitment because they fear failing in the long haul.”Ed
“Not a good night for priests to go walking around, Tim. We got a lot of nervous cops out tonight. you could find yourself cuffed.”Ben
Did God create us out of his goodness and generosity, and perhaps a sense of the ridiculous? Or did we invent God because we have a desperate, innate need to believe in something larger, more powerful, than ourselves?Highlighted by 31 Kindle customers
“The mind, the heart, and the soul. ‘Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased. Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow. Raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with some sweet oblivious antidote cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff which weighs upon the heart.’”Highlighted by 29 Kindle customers
“To kill one-to-one is a sin. To drop a bomb, with an American flag on it, on a village, is patriotic.”Highlighted by 16 Kindle customers
‘The law is but words and paper without the hands and swords of men.’”Highlighted by 12 Kindle customers
Our life is a gift, not always easy, certainly not always perfect. Making it better for ourselves and for the people around us takes some effort.Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
“Certain people have difficulty admitting to emotional commitment because they fear failing in the long haul. The word love becomes a stumbling block that once uttered is like a lock, blocking off their privacy, their singleness, and obliging them to perceive themselves as one half of a couple.”Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
amice. White, edged in gold. DETECTIVE Ben Paris slumped at his desk after finishing his written report on the Johnson homicide. He'd typed the facts, using two fingers in a machine gun style. But now they played back to him. No sexual assault, no apparent robbery. Her purse had been under her, with twenty-three dollars and seventy-sixHighlighted by 8 Kindle customers
“Dominus vobiscum,” he murmured, then gripped the smooth material of the amice tightly in his hands. And when his task wasHighlighted by 7 Kindle customers
the female has no seed to cast anywhere or to spill on the ground. Therefore, it must only be a sin to masturbate if you're a male.”Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
BRAZEN VIRTUE CARNAL INNOCENCE DIVINE EVIL GENUINE LIES HOT ICE PUBLIC SECRETS SACRED SINS SWEET REVENGEHighlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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