A dazzling new series debuts with a remarkable heroine certain to become a new icon of suspense, propelled by the singular narrative genius of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz. “I very much need to be dead.”These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demands: find the truth, no matter what. People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important—so terrifying—that they will exterminate anyone in their way. But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless—and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love. Praise for Dean Koontz “Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth.”—The Seattle Times “Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. . . . ‘Serious’ writers . . . might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review “Lyrical writing and compelling characters . . . Koontz stands alone.”—Associated Press “In every industry there exist ‘artists’ that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz . . . is among these artisans.”—Suspense Magazine “[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times “Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America . . . novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good . . . [and that] entertain vastly as they uplift.”—Publishers WeeklyFrom the Hardcover edition.