I n a 30-year murder spree, the Martyr Maker has left behind a legacy of torture and fear: 36 clergymen butchered in twisted scenes reflecting the martyrdom of the twelve Apostles. The same M.O. — Twelve murders. Every ten years. All of the victims preachers and priests. And now, the Martyr Maker is back.
The recent murder of a local priest signals the beginning of another three-week kill cycle. It falls to NYPD detectives Quincy Cavanaugh and Phee Freeman and FBI agent Janet Maclin to catch the killer even though dark family secrets, the need for revenge, and hidden agendas frustrate the team at every turn. If they stand any chance of stopping the relentless serial killer, they each must first confront their own depravities that threaten to destroy them as readily as the monster they are chasing. This is the first in a trilogy.
“Actor and director Eriq La Salle’s intense debut is a modern day parable cleverly masquerading as a crime novel. A muscular, gritty and spiritual thriller.” — John Shors, bestselling author of Beneath a Marble Sky, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, The Wishing Trees, and Cross Currents
“Eriq La Salle, in Laws of Depravity, has written an utterly compelling and riveting thriller with echoes of the dark master, Thomas Harris. Here, La Salle also adds a surprising twist by weaving in a spiritual component that raises the narrative to lofty and thought-provoking levels. It’s a wonderful accomplishment.” — Leonard Chang, author of Over the Shoulder and Crossings
” Laws of Depravity will take you on a heart-pounding ride of vengeance, murder and atonement, never letting you rest until you’ve reached the final page. Eriq La Salle deftly draws unforgettable characters who tangle with good and evil and seek spiritual understanding and forgiveness for some of the most dastardly deeds human beings are capable of committing. Drawing on his talent as an acclaimed actor and director, Mr. La Salle digs deep into his characters’ psyches, delivering a group of bruised and tarnished individuals you won’t soon forget.” — Neal Baer, co-author of Kill Switch and former Executive Producer of “Law and Order S.V.U.”
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