THE STRANGER YOU KNOW: A Tale of Two Personalities
by Andrea Kane
All people—no matter whether they are good or evil— act as heroes or heroines in their own mind. In the case of psychopath Glen Fisher, he has reasons for his obsession with violence and the control that it commands. That abnormal tendency was reinforced over a lifetime. His psychopathic personality could have gone in any number of directions, as the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit taught me. But it went in the darkest and most twisted way. That’s why the human psyche and its development is so fascinating, and so incredibly complex and intriguing for a novelist like me to explore.
Because I’m fascinated with the human mind, both the normal and the abnormal, and all the nuances of both, I choose to write psychological thrillers. As you can tell from the above, I find antagonists equally as compelling to write as I do protagonists. So THE STRANGER YOU KNOW gave me a new and exciting chance to get inside the mind of a serial rapist and killer.
It also gave me the chance to get inside the head of his ultimate victim: Casey Woods. As you know from THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE and THE LINE BETWEEN HERE AND GONE, Casey is the head of Forensic Instincts, a unique and amazingly talented group of investigators, each with his/her own area of expertise. They run the gamut, from Casey, who’s a human behavioral expert, to the rest of her team—a former Navy SEAL/FBI special agent for the Behavioral Analysis Unit, a technology genius, a claircognizant (a psychic in her own right), a retired FBI violent crimes agent, and an FBI Human Scent Evidence dog.
But in THE STRANGER YOU KNOW, it’s not a client’s life that’s at stake. It’s Casey’s. And the whole Forensic Instincts team is hell-bent on keeping her out of the deadly hands of a psychopath who is obsessed with exacting revenge on Casey.
Casey is a strong, brilliant woman. She runs Forensic Instincts with a take-charge personality and a team philosophy. She doesn’t rattle easily. Even the special man in her life, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kyle Hutchinson a/k/a Hutch, considers her to be a stubborn handful. That doesn’t change the fact that Casey is Casey, and she’s all about control.
She takes on each case with a vengeance. But this time is different. Not only is her life on the line, but she knows the psychopath who’s after her. Her training and experience provide the analytical framework to understand why he’s targeted her, and just how insanely cunning he is. He’s spun a web that is nearly impossible to decipher. So far, the combined forces of Forensic Instincts, the FBI, and the NYPD have been unable to catch him or end his killing spree. But Casey is another story entirely. She refuses to give in to her fear and become a total recluse, hiding from Glen rather than doing something to find him. She’s head-first in the investigation, racing to find this maniac. As he kills again and again, each victim reminds her of her team’s failure, and how Fisher is getting closer to culminating his spree by killing her.
The consummate professional, Casey’s managed to subdue her fear and remain objective. Until the psychopath contacts her directly. Then the terror and the vulnerability take over. See how the mana a mano battle commences for yourself in the serial killer’s first chilling conversation with Casey:
Casey had just arrived back at the office. She was on her way down to Ryan’s lair to compare notes when her iPhone rang.
The number was blocked.
“Casey Woods,” she answered.
“You’re putting your energy in the wrong place, Red.” The weird tinny words told Casey that, whoever the caller was, he was using a voice scrambler. “That girl’s case is as cold as her body. But the one who just died? Her body is still warm.”
“Who is this?”
“The last person you’re going to see before you close your eyes forever.” A chilling laugh. “The blood chain is underway. It will end with you. Spin your wheels and try to stop it.”
The line went dead.
“Casey?” Marc had been parking the van. He now walked inside and was standing behind Casey just in time to see her ashen expression. “What’s the matter? You’re sheet white.”
Before Casey could answer, her phone rang again. She startled, then stared at the caller ID. It was Claire.
“Claire, I can’t talk now,” she said, trying to keep her voice steady.
“You have to.” Claire was literally vibrating. “I just called the eighty-fourth precinct. Something’s happening. Someone’s being tortured and killed. It’s happening in Brooklyn. And it’s drawing me to you.” Claire’s voice broke. “Oh my God—she’s dead. He killed her. He raped her and he killed her. He’s still with the body. He’s doing something to it. But she’s dead. And you have to know that. I don’t know why. But you do.”
Casey’s own stomach was turning over. “Claire. Listen to me. I need you to focus. Tell me everything. Everything.”
“I did.” She sensed something in Casey’s voice. “Why?”
“Because I think I just got a phone call from the killer.”
The book comes in stores on September 24, 2013
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