Ryker Townsend – Psychic FBI Profiler Series

In the Eyes of the Dead

Book 3

In the throes of PTSD, FBI profiler Ryker Townsend is plagued by haunting nightmares from a case that nearly cost him his life. But when a dead girl breaks through his recurring dream—with a lurid vision of her charred corpse—Ryker braces for the horror to come.

On the eve of Halloween under a rare blood moon, Ryker and his team are called to investigate the mysterious deaths of four teens in Brownsville, a small Texas border town. He believes the deaths are linked, a sick prelude of a diabolical killer. With Día de los Muertos only days away, Ryker fights against time before a ritualistic serial killer culminates a masterpiece by butchering during a celebration to honor the dead.

One strong-willed woman stands in Ryker’s way.

Athena Madero, co-founder of the private security agency, Omega Team, has a personal stake in Ryker’s case—her precious niece is his top suspect. Athena will stop at nothing to defend her family and uncover the truth, even if it means taking on the FBI. But a powerful influence from the dark side of Santería—spawned across the Mexican border—stands at the heart of a sinister conspiracy. A mysterious holy man and his devoted followers force Ryker and Athena to join forces to uncover a tragic truth.


Brownsville, Texas

Sunday, October 30

Selina Madero’s skin crawled at the distant rumble of voices and grating laughter. She didn’t find it natural to hate people, but she’d been pushed too far. The chosen writhed to music and the steady beat of nerve-wracking drums slithered under her skin because she wasn’t one of them.

She never would be. Selina knew that now.

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Rusted barrels belched flames and one large pit of fire sent black smoke and ashes spiraling into the night sky as if evil spirits had found a portal between worlds. Under the blush of a blood moon, their bodies cast long shadows onto the trees edging a limestone grotto marred by their graffiti. A dried and rocky riverbed furrowed into the ground outside the cavern, desolate and dried up.

They’d brought food to place on a candlelit altar set up at the mouth of the shallow cave near the old riverbed, but no one ate. A guy hung two live chickens by their feet from a tether near the fire pit. Their white wings flapped in frenzy.

Selina shoved her thick glasses up her nose and cowered deeper into the shadows, afraid for what would come next. She whispered a prayer for strength to do what she came to do. Whatever these kids were up to, she hadn’t expected anything like this.

A chill raced down her arms.

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