In the unbearable heat of another sultry Washington, D.C., summer, a serial killer is on the loose. Dr. Tess Court, one of the capitals most successful psychiatrists, wants nothing to do with the caseuntil the police convince her to lend a hand to the lead investigator, legendary ladies man Detective Ben Paris.Scarred by his familys history, Ben has even less use for shrinks than Tess has for himbut the forces of animal magnetism and a shared desire to catch the demented criminal known as The Priest inexorably erode the walls theyve built. Theyre opposites in so many ways, yet that seems only to fan the flames of attraction for which danger has supplied the spark. To stop a killer who thinks he can absolve sins through murder, Ben will need every ounce of psychological insight Tess can offer him. And shell need the help of a lawman willing to stare fear in the face if shes going to avoid becoming the madmans next victim.