Book Excerpt
Bone Thief
by Thomas O'Callaghan

An excerpt from Bone Thief by Thomas O'Callaghan, published 2006 by Pinnacle.
Book excerpt reprinted with the permission of the publisher.
Copyright © 2006 Thomas O'Callaghan

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She was sitting before him, duct tape sealing her mouth and binding her arms and legs to the chair. She reeked of fear, but Colm saw only the terror in her eyes.

"I can't tell you how thrilled I am to finally meet you," he said, pulling up a chair. "The personal touch is lost when corresponding over the Internet. It did permit me to gather volumes of information about you. But in exchange you learned nothing about me. That's not fair. Wouldn't you agree? I can't tell you why, but it's important to me that you go to your grave knowing who it was that sent you there."

The woman's eyes widened. Tears streamed her cheeks.

"My name is Colm Pierce. Although my birth name was O'Dwyer. My adoptive parents, the Pierces, thought my name should be changed. Wonderful parents, the Pierces."

He stood up. Behind him five meat hooks dangled from a stone ceiling. She moaned, biting into the plumbing tape and tasting its metallic resin.

He walked to the stove and opened the oven door. Rubbing his fingers on its blackened walls, he returned to his captive, streaked her cheeks from ear to ear and encircled her eyes with soot.

He left the room. When he returned, he was pushing a gurney. It held a tray of surgical instruments. Selecting the Bard-Parker scalpel, he turned to face his Deirdre.

She trembled as the skin of her neck welcomed the glimmering blade.

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BOOK DESCRIPTION FROM THE PUBLISHER

In this powerful novel, Thomas O'Callaghan proves himself a worthy successor to Thomas Harris as he introduces one of the most compelling and terrifying serial killers since Hannibal Lecter in a book where every harrowing page crackles with the white-knuckle sense of a race against time and the gritty authenticity of a real forensic investigation.

A housewife snatched in broad daylight.

A tattooed drifter displayed under a boardwalk.

A high-society heiress left in a city dump.

The women seem to have no connection except one: they have all been the victims of a twisted madman who slays his victims and steals their bones as gruesome trophies.

Since tragedy struck his own family, Lieutenant John W. Driscoll has been a man on the edge of both sanity and life. But now, with New York City in the grip of panic, Driscoll is needed more than ever. With the stakes rising every hour, he'll have to guide a troubled team while battling his own demons in order to hunt and catch the most cunning predator he's ever faced -- a serial killer who is the very soul of evil and whose most shocking revelation is yet to come.

Brimming with authentic details of police work and forensic investigation, Thomas O'Callaghan's debut thriller is a white-knuckle journey into darkness.

Goldmann Bertelsman, a division of Random House, will publish Bone Thief in Germany and rights to this book and a sequel have been assigned to Domino Publishing in the Czech Republic.

Bone Thief will also be featured as an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and the Mystery Guild.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thomas O'Callaghan's work has been translated for publication in Germany, Slovakia, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic. A publishing house in Italy has recently acquired rights, as well. As an internationally acclaimed author, Mr. O'Callaghan is a member of both the Mystery Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers associations. A native of New York City and a graduate of CUNY, Mr. O'Callaghan resides with his wife, Eileen, a stone's throw from the Atlantic Ocean in beautiful Belle Harbor, New York, where he is working on the latest in a series of thrillers featuring NYPD Lieutenant John Driscoll. His most recent, THE SCREAMING ROOM, was released by Kensington Books in May 2007.

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BOOK REVIEWS

"The fire-breathing Thomas O'Callaghan has scorched his way into the first rank of writers exploring the psychology and methods of serial killers alongside those of their often-troubled opposite numbers, police inspectors. Bone Thief sweeps the reader along in its breathless, tumbling course -- just the thing for an autumn evening, a comfortable chair in front of the fireplace, a measure of single-malt scotch, and, from deep in the surrounding woods, the howls of faraway madmen."

-- Peter Straub

"Sharp as a scalpel, chilling as ice, Bone Thief, by Thomas O'Callaghan takes you on a relentless and harrowing ride into the disturbed world of a serial killer who steals his victims' bones. From dark beaches to immaculate hospitals, police back rooms to the mansions of the wealthy, O'Callaghan peels back the layers of the human soul with informed surety."

-- Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Spymaster and The Coil

"From its chilling opening to its slam-bang conclusion, Bone Thief delivers the goods. You won't soon forget this truly creepy serial killer -- or the haunted cop who struggles to bring him to justice."

-- P.J. Parrish, Edgar and Shamus nominated author of the Louis Kincaid series

"Authentic cop details, a compelling plot, and a twisted killer who'll make you look over your shoulder with every page."

-- Lynn Hightower, Shamus Award winner, author of When Secrets Die and Fortunes of the Dead

"With expert pacing and plotting, Bone Thief will keep you riveted until the surprising, satisfying end. Be warned, however -- this one should be read in the light of day."

-- Alafair Burke, author of Close Case, Missing Justice and Judgment Calls

"Bone Thief is a strong, sharply written debut from O'Callaghan -- there's a fast-paced plot, intrigue from Driscoll's personal life, and the main requirement of every good thriller: a smart cop facing off against an evil-but-clever serial killer."

-- Bookbrothel.com

"Very few fictional scenarios provide the punch and chills I experienced while reading Bone Thief. Characters and details were realistic and horror penetrated to the marrow."

-- Midwestbookreview.com

"Bone Thief is that rare commodity in murder-mystery fiction which can actually give the reader nightmares. Thomas O'Callaghan, the author, manages to surpass writers such as Stephen King, Clive Barker or Dean Koontz with horror of content while keeping you absorbed in the story."

-- WhoDunnit.com

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