Naked Cruelty

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Locking your door won’t help. He’s already inside…

America in 1968 is in turmoil and the leafy Holloman suburb of Carew is being silently terrorised by a series of vicious and systematic rapes. When finally one victim finds the courage to speak out and go to the police, the rapist escalates to murder.

For Captain Carmine Delmonico, it seems to be a case with no clues. And it comes as the Holloman Police Department is troubled: a lieutenant is out of his depth, a sergeant is out of control, and into this mix comes the beautiful, ruthlessly ambitious new trainee, Helen MacIntosh, daughter of the influential president of Chubb University.

As the killer makes his plans, Carmine and his team must use every resource at their disposal – including a highly motivated neighbourhood watch, the Gentlemen Walkers…

Critics Review

  • Praise for Colleen McCullough:

    ‘Very much in the tradition of P.D. James…McCullough is a tremendous storyteller.’ The Times

    ‘Compelling, passionate and gritty.’ She

    ‘McCullough piles on the drama.’ Daily Mail

    ‘Absorbing.’ Sunday Telegraph

    ‘Probes the depths of the human heart in a haunting, multi-layered novel.’ Good Book Guide

    ‘This experienced writer knows how to grab attention and keep it.’ Literary Review

    ‘As an artful storyteller, McCullough has more than a few tricks up her sleeve.’ Sydney Morning Herald

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