An anonymous painter's series of candidly posed nudes called The Sleeping Woman bursts on the artscene, each painting selling in the million-dollar range overnight amid rumors that the models are not sleeping but dead. Beautiful, burned-out war photographer Jordan Glass chances into a show and recognizes the subject of a painting as her identical twin, Jane, who was kidnapped near her New Orleans home and never found. Jordan contacts the FBI agent who handled her sister's case, thereby setting in motion a hunt that ties the paintings to the disappearance of at least 11 New Orleans women.
At the urging of the FBI, Jordan becomes both hunter and hunted in a dangerous game with the anonymous artist, who may also be a gifted murderer - a stranger who knows the secret history of Jordan's family and the truths she has never found the courage to face.
Are all the women really dead? Is Jordan's father alive and involved? Is there more than one killer?
Iles continues to amaze with his incredible range, this time around crafting a complex serial killer novel with the intimacy of a small town cozy and the punch of a techno-thriller. As different from Spandau Phoenix and 24 Hours as possible, it scores with surefooted plotting, a diverse cast of characters and perfectly calibrated suspense.