Crime writer Harrison Weaver doesn't believe in coincidences--only messages that may not be decipherable at first. That's his feeling when, as he prepares to go kayaking at Buffalo City near the Outer Banks, he discovers the body of a nude young female, hogtied and very dead. The stark scene is especially eerie to him because a month earlier he had been assigned to write about the murder of another young woman who was found nude and hogtied in the backseat of her car in the mountains of North Carolina--400 miles away from Weaver's home at the coastal Outer Banks area. A lawman in the mountains told Weaver, "Up here we may shoot somebody, or stab 'em, or even backup over 'em with a pickup truck. But we don't never hogtie nobody. That's not our kind of killing." As Weaver and his SBI Agent friend attempt to track down the killer or killers, it becomes chillingly clear to Weaver that a young woman close to him could be the next victim...and it's a race against time to try to save her.
Joseph L.S. Terrell is the author of seven books, including a coming-of-age story set in Raleigh at the closing years of World War II and beyond, called Learning to Slow Dance. Recent mysteries set along North Carolina’s Outer Banks are Tide of Darkness: "The Lost Colony" Theater Murders, and Overwash of Evil. The protagonist in both novels, true crime writer Harrison Weaver, came to the Outer Banks seeking peace and quiet, only to become involved in murder investigations that can cost him his life. Today Joseph makes his home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he spends much of his time writing the twists and plots for his next novel.