Author Sage Quintano writes about crime. Her husband Niko investigates it.
Together they make an unstoppable team. But no one counted on a
twisted serial killer, who stalks their sleepy community, uproots
their happy home, and splits the threads that bonds their family
Darkness swallows the Quintanos whole—ensnared by a ruthless killer out for
blood. Why he focused on Sage remains a mystery, but he won’t stop
till she dies like the others.
Women impaled by deer antlers, bodies encased in oil drums, nursery rhymes,
and the Suicide King. What connects these cryptic clues? For Sage and
Niko, the truth may be more terrifying than they ever imagined.
When a serial killer breaks into the home of bestselling author, Sage
Quintano, she barely escapes with her life. Her husband, Niko, a
homicide detective, insists they move to rural New Hampshire, where
he accepts a position as Grafton County Sheriff. Sage buries secrets
from that night—secrets she swears to take to her deathbed.
Three years of anguish and painful memories pass, and a grisly murder case
lands on Niko’s desk. A strange caller begins tormenting Sage—she
can’t outrun the past.
When Sage’s twin sister suddenly goes missing, Sage searches Niko’s
case files and discovers similarities to the Boston killer. A
sadistic psychopath is preying on innocent women, marring their
bodies in unspeakable ways. And now, he has her sister.
Cryptic clues. Hidden messages. Is the killer hinting at his identity? Or is
he trying to lure Sage into a deadly trap to end his reign of terror
with a matching set of corpses?
Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!
I don’t normally write about the paranormal, but I do believe there are forces at work outside our comprehension. I’ve had several strange things happen. When I scored my first publishing deal, I had just signed the contract and sent it back to the publisher. Not more than a minute or two later the phone rang. When I checked the caller ID it read “Amityville.” Nothing but static on the other end. To this day I swear my mother (whom I lost as a teenager) was sending her congratulations. What a creepy way to do it, though!
Another bizarre incident was the time I strolled around the side of my barn to find a scorpion coming around the opposite corner. We both stopped, stared, and then his tail curled toward me. Thankfully, I had a shovel in my hand at the time. In one fluid motion I flattened him. My heart raced a mile a minute! This may not be a strange occurrence for folks who live in places like Arizona, but I live in New Hampshire. Scorpions are not indigenous to the area. My husband said one probably crawled inside someone’s camper and that’s how he travelled north. Of all the yards to stroll into, he had to pick mine. Scared me half to death!
Where were you born/grew up at?
I grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts, which is a small seaside town. In my teens I drifted toward Revere, MA, where I spent most of my time. In my late teens/early twenties, I lived all over MA…Saugus, Lynn, Revere, Everett, and then to the Berkshires (Erving and Colrain). It wasn’t until my late twenties that I moved to New Hampshire for a quieter life. Now, I’d never leave.
What book do you think everyone should read?
If they haven’t already, I’d say Silence of the Lambs. Thomas Harris reinvented the serial killer thriller, and this book remains a guiding force within the genre.
Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International
Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is an award-winning, multi-published
author in numerous anthologies and her forensics articles have
appeared in InSinC Quarterly. In addition to her popular crime
resource blog, Sue co-hosts the radio show “Partners In Crime”
on Writestream Radio Network every third Tuesday of the month from 1
– 3 p.m. EDT/EST (see details at www.suecoletta.com).
She’s also the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project
and Forensic Science, and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.
She runs a popular crime website and blog, where she shares crime tips,
police jargon, the mind of serial killers, and anything and
everything in between. If you search her achieves, you’ll find posts
from guests that work in law enforcement, forensics, coroner,
undercover operatives, firearm experts…crime, crime, and more
For readers, she has the Crime Lover’s Lounge, where subscribers will be
the first to know about free giveaways, contests, and have inside
access to deleted scenes. As an added bonus, members get to play in
the lounge. Your secret code will unlock the virtual door. Inside,
like-minded folks discuss their favorite crime novels, solve
mindbender and mystery puzzles, and/or relax and chat. Most
importantly, everyone has a lot of fun.
Sue lives in northern New Hampshire with her husband, where her house is
surrounded by wildlife…bear, moose, deer, even mountain lions have
been spotted. Course, Sue would love to snuggle with them, but her
husband frowns on the idea.