James Qutar is an art professor. While he has managed to stay away from his students, he preys upon other women. His relationships with women start out normally but as they progress, he starts to torment the woman. He draws erotic images of her and if they break up, he finds a way to distribute the pictures to cause her embarrassment. If the relationship progresses, he starts to introduce pain into the sexual relationship. If the woman isn't smart enough to get out at that point, he kills her.
Lucas, Marshall and Davenport's team gets closer and closer to Qutar. Along with the case, the reader learns about Davenport's personal life. A woman he was close with, Weather, has come back into his life and he is contemplating marriage and children with her. This is the 12th book in the Lucas Davenport series and it is one of the better ones. This book is recommended for readers of police procedurals.