"Lisa Polisar's BLACKWATER TANGO is a chilling and suspenseful novel about the hunt for a brilliant yet twisted psychologist turned serial killer. Horrific and frightening in its portrayal of cruelty and the erosion of sanity, it's a riveting read of one woman's determination to find her personal nemesis and nightmare before it claims her life as its next victim." Midwest Book Review
 

From the Prologue

He had six of them once. Now there were four.

This displeased him.

As a collector of fine things, there was a commonly accepted amount of subject matter required to be considered a "collection," though these terms involved semantics, which the man cared nothing about. He was more stimulated, or to be perfectly accurate, tantalized, by motivations. The kind of involuntary, primal urges that typically drove ninety percent of human behavior. Of primary interest to him was the process the mind went through when the walls closed in, when there was no longer enough breathing room or visual space to feel like a free person with free will and freedom of choice.

In particular, incarceration.

 

From Chapter One

Holding onto the edge of the hull with one hand, he carefully turned his body to the right, which let him brace against the hull for traction. Now with just a half turn left, Floyd pushed one last time on the handle and pulled the pots above the water's surface to swing them near the deck. Before allowing his gaze to rest on the last pot, he accounted for all of them first. All the smaller ones contained no bait and about four lobsters each. In heavy boots, Floyd stepped over the braided cables and sunk to his knees. He felt the freezing water seep through the fabric of his canvas pants to his skin as he kneeled down and craned his neck to see the contents of what lie before him. Like his eyes had betrayed earlier and like his body had tried to warn him, a form, folded and bluish-gray in color, lay crumpled like an old tarp within the tight confines of the 23,000 cubic inch wooden lobster trap.

Except that this tarp had a face.

 

Hardcover ISBN: 1-591330-13-0 $27.95
Trade Paperback ISBN: 1-591330-14-9 $16.95
Published by Hilliard and Harris, 2002

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