He is a bit older now and no longer a legal aid attorney. His backstory is complicated with mob connections, a major inheritance and an ex-wife that he obviously still loves. His daughter and son, both young adults in this novel, need him more than they admit, and this book finds him acting more like a private detective than a lawyer.
When his son's girlfriend, Sofia, disappears, and her sister receives a phone call from a man who claims he has her, all things lead to her being the next victim of a sought-after serial killer. One major difference is that the four previous victims were all prostitutes, but other events so closely follow the pattern that Nick believes she is victim number five. His son returns home unable to function, and his mother and sister move back into the house to care for him.
After meeting with Sofia's family, Nick hires a retired policeman to help him find her. The story is a good one with several very interesting twists and turns. Most of it takes us through the hunt through the eyes of Nick, but there are short excerpts written through the thoughts of the killer and the victims.
This book is heavier than his first one, but I found Benigno's style of writing captivating and his characters quite three dimensional. If I had known that the book centered around a serial killer, I might never have picked it up, but once I started I was hooked.
Publisher - Landview Books
Date of Publication - September 30, 2016