"I'm in trouble, Liz, I've uncovered something . . .
They're watching . . . I'm going for help tonight and will
contact you as soon as I'm able."
That panicked message on her answering machine was the last
time Liz Ames heard from her sister Rachel. The police
believe Rachel Howard, pastor of Paradise Christian Church
in Key West, Florida, suffered an emotional breakdown and
ran off. Her behavior had become increasingly bizarre, her
sermons dark, frightening. Besides, women didn't meet
untimely ends on the island paradise. The police quickly
closed the case.
But Liz is convinced her sister's disappearance wasn't self-
imposed. Fleeing a shattered marriage and a career on hold,
Liz moves to Key West to prove her suspicions, her only
clues her sister's cryptic phone message and a page from
Rachel's journal bearing the image of a strange, horned
Liz isn't on the island twenty-four hours when a successful
banker, a man with everything to live for, jumps to his
death from his bedroom window. Then a teenage girl whom
Rachel was counseling is found brutally murdered in the
garden of Paradise Christian Church. The ritualistic style
of the killing is hauntingly similar to that used by the
notorious "New Testament" serial killer -- now on death
row. Could the teenager's murder be the work of a copycat
killer? And what was the girl's relationship to Rachel?
The police have logical explanations for it all. They don't
believe these events are linked. Everywhere Liz turns, she
encounters disbelief and suspicion.
Only Rick Wells is willing to listen. Wells once had a
promising career as a Miami cop . . . until his life fell
apart. He missed a chance to work the "New Testament"
investigation, but he knows the case and believes its
similarities to what's happening in Key West are too great
Together they struggle to uncover the unspeakable evil at
the heart of this seemingly idyllic community. But each
step closer to the truth brings more questions -- and more
death. For sinister forces lurk within paradise -- and no
one seems able to escape, not even at a . . . dead run.
In Dead Run, Erica Spindler proves once again that she is a
master at delivering chilling shockers that explore the
sometimes twisted nature of the human psyche. Prepare to be
hooked until the final word.