Detectives Ruth Lake and Greg Carver, introduced in the electrifying Splinter in the Blood, must stop a serial killer whose victims are the centerpiece of his macabre works of art.

While Britain is obsessed with the newest hit true-crime television show, Fact, or Fable? detectives Ruth Lake and Greg Carver are tormented by a fiendish flesh-and-blood killer.

Lured to a “crime scene” by a mysterious digital invitation, Ruth Lake is horrified to find a bizarre and gruesome tableau surrounded by a crowd of gawkers. The deadly work is the latest “art installation” designed by a diabolical criminal dubbed the Ferryman. Not only is this criminal cold-blooded; he’s a narcissistic exhibitionist desperate for an audience. He’s also clever at promoting his deadly handiwork. Exploiting England’s current true-crime craze, he uses social media to titillate and terrorize the public.

Ruth is joined in the investigation by her partner Greg Carver, who is slowly regaining his strength after a run-in with another sadistic criminal. Greg can’t seem to shake the bewildering effects of the head wound that nearly ended him. Are the strange auras blurring his vision an annoying side effect of his injury, or could they be something more . . . a tool to help him see a person’s true nature? In this utterly engrossing and thrilling tale of suspense, a pair of seasoned detectives face off against a wickedly smart and inventive psychopath in a tense, bloody game that leads to a shocking end.


“A well-written, complex, and harrowing tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat trying to identify a narcissistic serial killer… There’s enough of Edgar Allen Poe, Peter James, and Michael Connelly in “The Cutting Room” to make every mystery reader’s heart beat faster. Highly recommended.”
~Joseph Badal, Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author of the Danforth Saga for Suspense Magazine

“A riveting investigation…Dyer provides a grimly authentic narrative and deeply defined characters, although the ending may make readers wonder if they really know Ruth at all.” ~Booklist

“Addictive sequel to 2018’s Splinter in the Blood. Fans of British police procedurals will be well satisfied.”  ~Publishers Weekly