By Gwendoline Butler
The 1st John Coffin tale with a modern surroundings. A recently-promoted John Coffin quickly has his arms complete whilst a severed human head turns up the stairs of his new domestic. From some of the most appraised English secret authors, ideal for fanatics of Agatha Christie. John Coffin now instructions his personal strength within the newly created moment urban of London, demonstrated at the web site of the previous Docklands. lifestyles is sweet for Coffin – he's earned a promoting and has simply moved right into a new domestic within the tower of a renovated church-turned-theatre. Then a severed human head is located in an urn at the church steps, and a hand turns up in a freezer upstairs. Coffin needs to seek out the serial killer earlier than extra physique elements begin showing.
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The search of the house revealed virtually nothing that would indicate that Desmond had been here recently—or where the man might now be. Altman found some bills and canceled checks, but the address on them was Desmond's apartment in Warwick. He decided to check the garage, thinking he might come across something helpful that the killer had tossed out of the car and forgotten about—directions or a map, maybe. He found something far more interesting in the decrepit building, though. Howard Desmond himself.
Altman's theory was that Carter might've gotten a fan letter from the killer. Since one notation called a passage "brilliant" and the other appeared to be a reminder to do more research on the topic, it was possible that the killer had written to Carter to praise him or to ask for more information. If there was such a letter, the county forensic handwriting expert could easily link the notation with the fan, who—if they were lucky—might have signed his real name and included his address. Mentally crossing his fingers, he placed a call to the author.
But what had been the sergeant's motive for killing the two women in Greenville last year? Maybe the anger at being left by his wife had boiled over. Maybe he'd had a secret affair with one of the victims, which had turned sour, and he'd decided to stage her death as a random act of violence. And maybe, Altman reflected, unlike in a mystery novel, they'd never know what had driven the man to step over the edge into the dark world of the killers he'd once hunted. The doctors kept Andrew Carter in the hospital overnight, though it seemed that the flying leap from the car—as dramatic and frightening as it probably seemed to him—hadn't caused any serious damage.