Retired detective MICHAEL MCALLISTER and his fianc?, TANYA STAFFORD, are preparing to enjoy the good life in their newly renovated mansion in Los Gatos, California when a stranger pays them an unexpected visit. VALENTINO DE COSTAÕs parents have been missing for several days. After reading stories about the Slasher case in the newspapers a year earlier, De Costa begs McAllister to help him search for his parents because he doesnÕt believe the local police are up to the task. The case has murder written all over it and investigating crimes seems to bring danger to him and anyone nearby. Reluctantly, and with more than a little prodding by Tanya, who can never turn down someone in need, the detective agrees to have a look into the disappearance. The more evidence he uncovers, the more confusing the case becomes until it presents the greatest danger Tanya will ever face. In the end it seems only a miracle can save her life. XKs Unlimited has exclusive copies signed by the author.