New York Times best-selling author Peter Straub resurrects his most sinister creation, Fielding "Fee" Bandolier, the unstoppable serial killer last seen in Straub's bestseller, The Throat. Aging and tired of a life devoted to death, Fee is preparing to end his long career of bloodshed. Bob Steele is a disillusioned New York detective out for redemption and to him redemption means a one-man crusade to stop Fielding Bandolier. Steele's father cruelly named him after a Hollywood cowboy hero. The name has been a curse because Bob has very little hero in him. But he's going to give it one last try. Cop and killer finally face off in a mysterious midwestern pub, "The Green Woman Tavern." And in that abandoned place, an unspeakable evil stronger than either of them lies waiting to seal the fates of both men.