|Author||Robert B. Parker|
|Preceded by||Pale Kings and Princes|
The story follows Boston based PI Spenser as he tracks a serial killer the press has dubbed the "Red Rose Killer".
The killer turns out to be a therapeutic patient of Spenser's girlfriend Susan Silverman, challenging their safety and testing their relationship.
- Dr. Susan Silverman, Ph.D
- Lt. Martin Quirk, Boston Police Department
- Sgt. Frank Belson, Boston Police Department
- Tony Marcus
- Henry Cimoli
- Wayne Cosgrove
Mentioned but not seen:
- Rita Fiore
- Paul Giacomin
- Linda Thomas
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