Tyler West, suspended Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter from the San Diego Sun, is desperate for a scoop that will save his career. Defying a spiteful publisher and a vindictive homicide detective, he investigates the baffling deaths of several of San Diego’s powerful, rich and famous. Police call the murders unrelated, but Ty uncovers a common link: torture devices last used during the Dark Ages, including the Iron Maiden, the Pear of Anguish, and the most sinister of all—the Scavenger’s Daughter.
Ty is plunged into a mysterious world of medieval torture scholars, antiquities collectors, museum curators, and sadomasochists. Aided by photojournalist Melina “Mel” Koric, a former Bosnian War refugee, he must break the brilliantly conceived series of slayings that has cast a dark shadow over a city better known for its sun, sand and surf. The elusive killer goes by the name Friar Tom, in tribute to his hero, Tomás de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition. As Ty scrambles to unmask the monstrous zealot, he pursues his lost love, Jordan Sinclair, an assistant district attorney and single mom. With the city caught in an escalating nightmare of medieval mayhem, Ty is drawn into a lethal game of cat and mouse that could cost him everything.
Lightning-paced, intricately plotted and wildly suspenseful, The Scavenger’s Daughter grabs the reader early and doesn’t let go until its heart-pounding climax.
About the author:
Mike McIntyre is an author, journalist, traveler and avid golfer. His first book, “The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America,” an account of his coast-to-coast journey with no money, was featured on Oprah. His latest travelogue, “The Wander Year: One Couple’s Journey Around the World,” recounts his 22-country, 6-continent adventure with his wife, Andrea. He is also the author of the novel, “The Scavenger’s Daughter: A Tyler West Mystery.” He’s been a travel columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a theater columnist for The Washington Post and a feature writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune. He’s also published articles in Golf Digest, Reader’s Digest, Air & Space/Smithsonian and Powder magazines. He lives in San Diego.