Noted fantasy author Erik Scott de Bie brings us the third HELLMAW novel, in which jaded FBI agent Maria Ruiz learns she really hasn’t seen it all. Amid the splattered blood of increasingly depraved and spectacular murders is something strange, something beyond the limits of mortal justice. Ruiz is closing in, over heaped bodies, on a serial killer: an angel of death who may not be from this world.
FBI profiler Maria Ruiz is done. Over a long career called in to consult on bizarre murders, she has chased the worst of humanity, scoured the depths of evil, and seen the limits of mortal justice. Once she finishes her last cases, she plans to leave the whole mess behind her.
When she connects two wide-ranging assignments, however, she knows something strange is happening. She becomes convinced that she’s following a mysterious assassin who stalks a series of high-profile targets: accused rapists and serial abusers, killers and corrupt politicians, all men who seemingly escaped justice. And as the bodies pile up, Ruiz comes closer and closer to catching the killer: an angel of death not from this world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erik Scott de Bie is a 30-something speculative fiction author and game designer. He has published eight novels to date, including novels in the storied Forgotten Realms, his World of Ruin epic fantasy setting (Shadow of the Winter King  and the forthcoming Shield of the Summer Prince ), as well as stand-alone novels for Broken Eye Books (Scourge of the Realm) and the Ed Greenwood Group (Blind Justice). His short work has appeared in numerous anthologies and online, and he is the author of the multimedia superhero project, Justice/Vengeance (including fiction, spoken word, and comics). In his work as a game designer, he has contributed to products from such companies as Wizards of the Coast and Privateer Press, and he is a lead creative consultant on Red Aegis from Vorpal Games. Check out his website: erikscottdebie.com
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