He thought he was in control. But he was wrong. And after the final blows of the knife, she stole his last breath with a kiss...At a hotel room in Dublin, the butchered body of art dealer Rick Shevlin, arranged with artistic precision like the Hanged Man from a Tarot card, is found. Meanwhile, in a quiet suburb, Sandra Regan clings to her sanity as a shadowy presence moves through her home. What connects them? Criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson is sure that the killer has struck before and will again - soon. As Kate and DI O'Connor are plunged into an investigation which spreads to Rome and Paris, they uncover a vicious trail of sexual power and evil. But will they uncover the killer's identity before she claims another victim?
Born in Dublin, Louise Phillips returned to writing in 2006, after raising her family. That year, she was selected by Dermot Bolger as an emerging talent in the county. Louise's work has been published as part of many anthologies, including County Lines from New Island, and various literary journals. In 2009, she won the Jonathan Swift Award for her short story Last Kiss, and in 2011 she was a winner in the Irish Writers' Centre Lonely Voice platform. She has also been short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for the RTE Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition. In 2012, she was awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from South Dublin County Council. Her debut novel, Red Ribbons, was shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year (2012) in the Irish Book Awards. The Doll's House, her second novel, won the Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award at the BGE Irish Book Awards 2013.
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