The American intelligence community is retooling, and so is the way in which Suffolk County’s commanding officer of homicide, Detective Lieutenant Theodore Groche, conducts day-to-day business.
Earlier in time, covert operative, Justin Barnes, helped dismantle a global terrorist network and terminated its leader, serial killer Malcolm Columba. Two years have elapsed; Columba’s protégé, serial murderer Clarence Emery, has surfaced in New York. Whereas a faction of the feds initially felt compelled to overlook Columba’s plausible penchant for murder, Emery, known as The Teacher—a terrifying figure, often befriending before butchering his victims, up close and very personal—has every law enforcement agency in the country on high alert.
Sanctioned by a hierarchy, shrouded in secrecy, Justin Barnes’ mission is to hunt down and terminate Clarence Emery. But who is hunting whom? Justin and his beautiful associate, Jacqueline Rubino, ultimately ask themselves.
Two women are found murdered at Pipes Cove in Greenport, Long Island, New York, which unquestionably has Emery’s signature. Emery is quickly apprehended. Too quickly to satisfy Justin’s sixth sense. And rightfully so. For no sooner than Emery is transferred to Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center on Ward’s Island off Manhattan, the psychopath informs its director, Dr. Timothy Littleton, that he “won’t be staying long.” It gradually becomes crystal clear to the psychiatrist that the killer had planned his own capture and release. Littleton realizes that he has but little choice than to help Emery escape. Hence, the game of cat and mouse begins.
Clarence Emery can hardly wait to match wits with the black American maverick enforcer. Justin Barnes, in turn, obsesses on the moment when the madman and he will finally meet—face-to-face.