Relentless, inhumanly cunning, a killer stalks the serene streets and elegant houses of the quiet Illinois suburb of Riverdale. The victims' skulls are shattered, their flesh torn and flayed.Hard on the killer's trail, a dedicated cop and a brilliant young doctor risk everything to run an elusive, insanely savage predator to ground. Their only cluea beautiful girl, scarred body and soul by a past she can't escape. Their only hopeuntangling the dark, terrifying secrets of that past before their quarry turns the tables and makes them the hunted.Torn from the pages of today's headlines, Claw Hammer is a suspense-filled novel of psychopathological investigation orchestrated by a masterful storyteller. Now a part of the acclaimed Instruments of Death series from Gordian Knot Mysteries, and Crossroad Press Publishing, Claw Hammer introduces Detective Carl Erickson and Pathologist Marsha Wade to lovers of crime fiction.