The Final Deception


My Review

The Fireman has escaped from custody and the serial killings begin again in The Final Deception, the fifth book in the New York Confidential series.

The Fireman strangles his victims, cuts out their tongues, gouges their eyes out, and burns their, then dead, bodies. FBI Agent Craig and his criminal psychologist fiancée Kieran are once again searching for the religious zealot serial killer in the mean streets of NYC.

The Final Deception has the perfect mirroring of the sinister depths of religious obsession/mental illness and the rollicking madness of a big Irish family planning their only sister’s wedding and her reception at the family’s very Irish NYC pub.

There is a great and surprising twist at the end of The Final Deception. The entire book is an exciting whodunit. However, it is the characters that make me love the book even more. If you like police procedurals with genuine characters, you will enjoy this engrossing thriller. 4 stars!

Thanks to MIRA, Harlequin Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.



Author: Heather Graham

ISBN: 9780778309437

Publication Date: March 31, 2020

Publisher: MIRA Books

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Author Bio

Heather Graham

Heather Graham is The New York Times and USA Today best-selling author sold her first book, When Next We Love, in 1982 and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas with about 60 million books in print in categories of romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. Graham earned high praise for her New York Confidential series, including a starred review from Library Journal which called it, “Intricate, fast-paced, and intense, this riveting thriller blends romance and suspense in perfect combination and keeps readers guessing and the tension taut until the very end.” For more information, visit her at

Book Summary

Witness the thrilling conclusion to the beloved New York Confidential series, in THE FINAL DECEPTION (MIRA Books; March 31, 2020; $26.99). Kieran and Craig are about to take on their most chilling case yet as they hunt for a deranged serial killer who has escaped from prison to satisfy his need to kill again.

When criminal psychologist Kieran Finnegan was released from her responsibility of counseling the brutal serial killer known as The Fireman, once he was incarcerated, she was relieved to escape the tendrils of his twisted inner world. The chill she received from her sessions with him has stayed with her despite trying to leave him in the past. However, some demons refuse to remain behind bars. When her FBI agent boyfriend Craig is called to a gruesome crime scene that matches The Fireman’s MO, news begins to spread that he’s escaped from prison.

And he remembers Kieran…

Amid a citywide manhunt, Kieran and Craig need to untangle a web of deceit, privilege, and greed. They suspect that those closest to the killer have been drawn into his evil, or else someone is using another man’s madness and cruelty to disguise their crimes. When their investigation brings the danger right to the doorstep to the once safe haven of Finnegan’s Pub, Kieran and Craig will have to be smarter and bolder than ever before, because this time it’s personal, and they have everything to lose.

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