A popular crime fiction novelist ready for the next chapter in her life.
A lonely lawman who leaves the violence of the big city for a small town.
A crafty serial killer who continues to toy with law enforcement and elude capture . . .
Best-selling author Karlyn Campbell is ready for a new start after her recent divorce from a temperamental artist. When she receives word that her father had a stroke, she heads for Walton Springs with mixed feelings. Broderick Campbell wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning literary novels and denounced his daughter’s work as pedestrian and commercial, causing a rift that finally heals on his deathbed. Karlyn chooses to stay in the small Georgia town to write her popular Matt Collins series and decides to try her hand at true crime when Atlanta’s Rainbow Killer, Roy G. Biv, captures her interest.
Detective Logan Warner’s marriage didn’t survive after he lost his twins to a crazed killer who was never caught. He returns to his hometown’s police force and runs for police chief, happy he’s escaped big city crime and corruption. Emotionally dead, his interest in life is renewed when he falls in love with Karlyn and begins to build a new life with her.
But the Rainbow Killer moves beyond Atlanta, leaving a trail of dead bodies painted in bright hues in several towns north of the city. Leaving no trace evidence or DNA and choosing random victims with no apparent rhyme or reason, Roy proves unstoppable. Then he arrives in Walton Springs, threatening the peaceful town with his murder spree. With a serial killer in their back yard, Logan and Karlyn unite with the FBI to find the killer—before he finds them.
*This is a revised edition of Illusions of Death, which was originally released under the pen name Lauren Linwood.
Popular crime fiction writer Karlyn Campbell teams with Police Chief Logan Warner to track down the escalating Rainbow Killer and end his murder spree.
“Illusions of Death had everything I look for in a good romantic suspense–gruesome murders, a heart-warming love story, strong main characters and a thrilling chase to catch the killer.” -Swept Away By Romance
“When a book can keep my attention all the way through, the author has written an excellent story. If the novel happens to keep me guessing the identity of a coldhearted killer until the last moment, then I am doubly entertained. Lauren Linwood has created an extremely frightening premise for ILLUSIONS OF DEATH, where murders seem random and clues are never left behind.” -Always Reviewing
“This well-crafted page turner will keep readers hooked from beginning to end.” -InD’tale Magazine
“Illusions of Death has everything you can want in a romantic suspense, a heartfelt, emotional romance intertwined with an intense search for an evolved serial killer. This is a thriller with a lot of twists and a surprise ending that had me guessing.” -The Romantic Reviews Top 5 Pick