The good people of the Wilderness Church have come to Hawthorn County, Missouri in an Air Stream trailer caravan following their charismatic leader, Father Joshua. They have ceased their wandering and created a closed commune of the faithful at Canaan Camp. There they enjoy an idyllic life sealed away from the corruption of "the world."
Now, the serpent has entered Eden: Bobby Lee Paget is on a murder spree. Despite the nationwide manhunt, the people of the camp have no idea who he is, what he has done, or that he has come to Canaan.
A family of three is dead in Marked Tree, Arkansas. Two more die in the college town of Fayetteville. When more murders occur in Oregon, no one thinks Paget is still in the Ozarks where he abandoned a stolen car--no one but rural deputy, Richard Carter. When an unidentified a nude body is dumped in Mark Twain Forest, he alone suspects Paget is responsible.
The sociopath is a master manipulator. If he has his way he will utterly destroy the "purest woman" in the Canaan Camp and use her boyfriend to achieve destruction on a scale that will make everyone remember the name of Bobby Lee Paget forever.
This thriller is the third book in The Richard Carter mystery/suspense series.
Other information: Exact genre:
Fiction/Suspense/Police procedural/Serial Killer
In tone and language, it is closer to a Hardboiled Detective story than Cozy Mystery. The themes are definitely adult. There is mild profanity, intense but not graphic violence, and only implied references to sex.