Hephaestus: A Novel
When Jim Martin, an outcast chemist at Hamilton Pharmaceuticals, finds his true love in the arms of another man, his mind cracks, bringing forth Hephaestus, the Greek God of fire. Like Jim, Hephaestus once found his Aphrodite in the arms of Ares. Enraged, Jim surrenders to Hephaestus, the only one who truly understands him. Through Jim's creations Hephaestus punishes those that violated them, bringing death and destruction to those who get in their way. Jason Roberts is the lead detective in the Hephaestus murders, some of the most brutal murders that have ever occurred in River Valley. A small smith's hammer branded on the only remaining skin of the victims is the only clue Jason has to go on, and time is running out. With the Hephaestus murders multiplying, Jason is becoming increasingly overwhelmed, and could meet his own sticky end before this brutal psychotic is stopped. Cindi Sullivan has been dating Jason for years now, but lately he has been strangely distant. When she meets a nice man at a party she decides to keep her options open, despite the strange behavior of her suitor. He seems fascinated with her looks, and obsessed with Greek mythology. Will Jason be able to catch the Hephaestus killer and keep Cindi from becoming a mortal Aphrodite? Will Jim be able to come to grips with reality? And how many more will have to die to satisfy the vengeance of Hephaestus?
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