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Where Serpents Lie (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
Where Serpents Lie - Audio Cassette - Unabridged Author:T. Jefferson Parker, Kevin Patrick (Narrator) What novelist T. Jefferson Parker does so well in Where Serpents Lie (and in such previous high-octane outings as Laguna Heat and Pacific Beat) is to bind his characters tightly to the territory in which they live and die--the mostly scorched and urbanized but occasionally still pristine turf of Southern California's Orange County. When he... more »39;s not running the Crimes Against Youth unit at the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Terry Naughton sits in a cave in Laguna Canyon, drinking tequila, smoking cigars, and trying to understand the twisted mind of a particularly vicious child molester called The Horridus. The serpents of the title are real, as is the terror Parker manages to evoke with the intense power of his writing. "I knew that there was no way that Lauren would ever have her childhood replaced with a better one," Naughton says about a 9- year-old girl sold for sex by her parents. "Lauren had the resigned eyes and the aura of passive invincibility found in nearly all children who have escaped to the last place they can go--to the private, silent cave of their own selves."
In the tradition of Silence of the Lambs comes this terrifying tale of a detective and his quarry, a madman who steals children for the fun of it. Detective Terry Naughton is every child's protector. In his years on the force, he's seen his share of criminals -- but nothing like the Horridus. He abducts children from their beds, dresses them like angels, and releases them the next day, leaving only one clue behind: a piece of snakeskin tucked into the folds of the children's gowns. No one's been hurt yet, but Naughton knows it's only a matter of time. Suddenly, the detective must face accusations that threaten his reputation. Who's behind the set-up? With the most memorable villain since Hannibal Lecter on the loose, Naughton must get answers quickly.
Unabridged - 10 cassettes - 15 hours - Read by Kevin Patrick « less