Faye Kellerman暢銷書Peter Decker與Rina Lazarus驚悚小說系列，夫妻檔聯手揭發數十年來懸而未決的謀殺案，將大隱隱於市的連續殺人犯繩之以法！
一個涼爽的九月清晨，Rina走在鄉村樹林的步道上，無意間踩到曾經被深埋在樹林地底的人類骸骨，她立刻打電話給丈夫Peter Deker - 昔日洛杉磯警局的刑警，目前在紐約州Greenbury警局工作。屍體已被深埋多年，現場可以採證的線索極其有限，能夠判斷的只有：這是個年輕的骨骼，深色的長髮纏繞在屍骨上。Decker與工作拍檔Tyler McAdams在深入調查後，認為他們面對的極有可能是附近上州五院大學失蹤的學生，這是一所知名且備受尊崇的高等學習聯合學院。
“Hands down, the most refreshing mystery couple around.” —People
On a crisp September morning, while walking a bucolic woodland trail, Rina stumbles upon human remains once buried deep beneath the forest floor. Immediately, she calls her husband, Peter Decker, a former detective lieutenant with the LAPD now working for the local Greenbury Police. The body has been interred for years and there is scant physical evidence at the gravesite: a youthful skeleton, a skull wound, and long, dark strands of hair surrounding the bones. As Decker and his partner, Tyler McAdams, investigate further, they realize that they’re most likely dealing with a missing student from the nearby Five Colleges of Upstate—a well-known and well-respected consortium of higher learning.
And when more human remains are found in the same area, Decker and McAdams know this isn’t just a one-off murder case. Short-staffed and with no convenient entrée into the colleges, Decker enlists Rina’s help to act as his eyes and ears on campus. Winding their way through a dangerous labyrinth of steely suspects and untouchable academics, Decker, McAdams, and Rina race to protect their community from a psychopathic killer still in the area—and on the hunt for a fresh victim.