Touching EvilLarge Print - 2002
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A serial rapist mutilates his victims, leaving them blind, leaving Maggie Barnes, a police sketch artist, unable to get a description. Even her special gift isn't helping. Her gift is actually growing, causing it's own dangers as she relieves the victim's pain and injuries. Then the crimes change from rape to murder...
John doesn't believe in the supernatural, but the more he's working to find his sister's killer, the more his world is getting turned on it's ear. Their is just too much weird stuff happening for him to be able to keep his balance.
Seattle police sketch artist Maggie Barnes has an extraordinary gift. She listens as traumatized crime victims describe their ordeals — and then uses those horrifying recollections to draw dead-on sketches of the assailants. Some cops think Maggie is telepathic, that she can actually enter the victims' minds. Only Maggie knows the truth behind her rare talent ... and she isn't telling.
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He looked at his cell phone lying on the nightstand, and five seconds later, it rang. [...] Quentin answered the phone. "Hey, John."
"I wish you wouldn't do that," John Garrett said.
"Answer the phone? It rang, so I answered it. That's what they're for, you know."
"I know what they're for, and you know what I meant. Even if you do know it's me calling, I wish you'd pretend otherwise."
"But that would be denying my deepest self," Quentin said solemnly.
Quentin grinned, then said "Okay, Okay. But it's just so much fun to poke holes in your certainties."