September 2, 2003
Trade Paperback/358 pages
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". . . a supersonic train ride to the depths of Hell."
"The Mad Place: . . . Where children learn the true face of evil."
"No one will emerge unchanged."
There is a place between Heaven and Hell, the Mad Place, where messages are fashioned and sent to God and angels are given bloody wings. This is the lair of the Red Angel, the one created to bring about the end of the world, the harbinger of the last days.
Trey Campbell puts the last of his ordeal with Agnes Hatcher, an escaped sociopath, behind him. He is about to return to Darden State Hospital for Criminal Justice and into danger once again.
As Trey gets ready for D day, another mutilated child is found with blood-tinged wings wired around its neck. The Red Angel has killed again and no one knows when or whom he will strike next.
Over the next few hours many lives are changed. Officer Jane Laymon pays a high price to work on a real homicide. Dr. Elise Conroy, a psychiatrist at Darden, consults on the Red Angel case, while her son becomes his next victim. Trey and Elise make a deal with serial killer Michael Scoleri, who is in contact with the Red Angel and knows the location of the Mad Place.
The Mad Place:
Where screams cannot be heard.
Where pain unleashes a god and the demon destined to bring about the end of the world.
Where the Whore of Babylon waits.
Where children learn the true face of evil.
Andrew Harper mars the nearly seamless fabric of his latest dark tale with one stereotypical flaw–a lady cop bucking the "old boys" system. Otherwise, this tale of abuse and man-made monsters that stalk unsuspecting families on their home ground, is a taut thriller. Red Angel is a supersonic train ride to the depths of Hell. No one will emerge unchanged.
Reviewer: J. M. Cornwell