I am about to start reading Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. This is described as a heart-pounding novel of suspense more shocking than any tabloid true crime story. It features a character named Dr. Dylan Reinhart who is a renowned, bestselling Ivy League expert on Criminal Behaviour and writes the book on the subject. However When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene–along with a threatening message from the killer–it looks like someone has been taking notes and the next life Dr. Dylan Reinhart saves may be his own
So a headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective named Elizabeth Needham is put in charge of investigating the case and she recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene–a playing card. Another murder, another card–and now Dylan suspects that the cards aren’t a signature, they’re a deadly hint–which could point directly towards the killers next victim.
New York City gradually descends into panic as tabloid headlines about the killer known as “The Dealer” get more and more frequent. With the cops at a loss, it’s up to Dylan to hunt down a serial killer unlike any the city has ever seen. Only someone with Dylan’s expertise can hope to go inside the mind of a criminal and convince The Dealer to lay down his cards. However getting too far inside the Dealer’s way of thinking is risky and could have unintended consequences for Dylan.