"The point of view of the murderer, too, is effective; he's terrifyingly scrupulous...it's the largely unknown killer who makes the grandest impression."
- Kirkus Reviews
From the Back Cover
That is the cryptic message that is hand-delivered to Megan Treadwell during the annual Fourth of July parade in Duck, North Carolina. She and her husband Paul haven't a clue as to who wrote it or what it's supposed to mean. That's why they called their friend, Sheriff Martin Tate. Upon reading it, he's also puzzled and deeply troubled. There have been two mysterious murders committed on his turf since the start of tourist season and both cases are growing colder with each passing week. The only thing that Tate is certain of is that a highly intelligent and deadly intruder has found his way to these shores. And Marty Tate will stop at nothing to catch him.