She was found stabbed to death on a quiet, shady street in one of L.A.s safest neighborhoods. For three months the police have found no clues to the murder of Hope Devane, psychology professor and controversial author of a pop-psych bestseller, an angry indictment of men. Now Detective Milo Sturgis, newly assigned to the case, turns to his psychologist friend, Dr. Alex Delaware, looking for insights into Devanes life. To both men the cold stalking of Hope Devane suggests calculation fueled by hate — an execution. They discover why as they unlock, one by one, the very private compartments of her life: her marriage, her shadowy work for a Beverly Hills clinic, the Conduct Committee she ran with an iron hand at the University, and her baffling link to another murder victim. But it is when Alex delves into her childhood that he begins to understand the formidable woman she was — and the ties that entangled her life until the horrifying act of betrayal that ended it.
On the heels of Jonathan Kellermans eleventh consecutive New York Times bestseller, The Web, comes an Alex Delaware novel to rival his best. When the LAPD is stumped by the murder of the author of a scathing bestseller that bashes men, Detective Milo Sturgis brings in psychologist Alex Delaware to look behind the victims public facade. Deware interrogates a colorful cast of characters close to the case , and Kellerman delivers as only he can in this entertaining whodunit.