The prequel to the international best-selling Skull SessionPuppets brings back Detective Mo Ford, called to investigate a gruesome homicide in the New York area.

Working with psychologist Rebecca Ingalls, his first challenge is to explain why the murder so closely resembles the crimes of a serial killer who has long since been imprisoned.  Is it a copycat crime, or did the police catch the wrong man?

As evidence emerges, they realize they have stumbled across something far more complex and horrific: a secret U.S. military experiment designed to program the minds of human beings and turn them into “torpedoes” — targeted, conscienceless killers.

But that program was terminated years ago.  Who is creating these new killers?  And why?

In this past-paced thriller, Mo and Rebecca must fight on several fronts if they are to survive their latest investigation.

A Times of London bestseller

A W.H. Smith Read of the Week


“The best yet from Hecht . . . an intriguing thriller from a writer at the top of his form.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Four stars!  Puppets is a fast, intriguing story bolstered by real substance in its study of the dodgy things governments do . . .  Combined with the mind games of a classic manhunt and a splash of romance, it’s got pretty much all you could ask for.  Excellent stuff!”

 London Daily Mirror

“Gripping . . . Hecht delivers a first-rate thriller with a killer combination of wit, grit, and gore.”

 Booklist (starred review)

“This powerful police procedural will have readers up late in a one-sitting read. . .  As good a serial killer novel as readers will find.”

— ReviewCentre.com