Detective Ryan O’Clery is an Irish immigrant who came to America to remain close to his sister Claire, who wanted to attend college in North Carolina after their parents’ deaths. With jet black hair and intense green eyes, he comes from a long line of Irishmen dedicated to law enforcement. He has the Irish temper but also the Irish passion for life, especially when it comes to his wife, Cait, who he met in The Tempest Murders, the first book in the series. Intensely private, he only opens up to those closest to him. He is also the official keeper of the family records, which chronicles his ancestors’ lives throughout a thousand years of history.
Cait is a strong woman whose sometimes quiet demeanor is at odds with her inner strength. She can match Ryan’s temper word for word, yet she is deeply in love with her husband and their two infant (twin) daughters. She is a dedicated wife and mother who left a career in broadcast journalism when she married Ryan. When she must summon the courage to do the unthinkable to protect her family, she proves just how much mettle she actually has.
The White Devil of Dublin is a Viking named Baldr. He is called Hvitr Bard, which means The White Devil, because he is a feared and despised albino. He is young but his hair is white and reaches nearly to his waist. His eyes are the color of blue ice. He lives in Dublin in the 12th century at a time when the Viking occupation had transformed Dublin from a sleepy coastal village to a thriving seaport; but it is also on the eve of the Norman invasion. He is a warrior capable of plundering the Irish countryside and battling its inhabitants. But he is also capable of deep love--which he feels for an Irishwoman named Maeve Kelly.
Maeve is a spirited Irish lass who works at a Dublin orphanage teaching the children how to read and write. She is intrigued by the presence of The White Devil, who she sees watching her from afar, especially as she walks home each night from the orphanage to her father’s home on the outskirts of Dublin. When he rescues her from assailants one evening, their love affair begins and she falls deeply and passionately in love with him. She believes his flowing white hair and his crystal blue eyes are beautiful, and she gives him what he’s never been able to have before - unconditional love.
Diallo Delport is a serial killer who bears a striking resemblance to The White Devil; but he lives in the present day. In The Tempest Murders, he became Ryan O’Clery’s evil adversary, a man who has left a string of women dead and who set his sights on killing Cait. Ryan watched him wash out to sea during the height of Hurricane Irene, and he believed him dead--until a noted historian is killed, her throat slit from ear to ear just as Diallo Delport had killed the others. What drives Diallo is watching Ryan squirm and suffer by threatening the woman he loves. Ryan will do anything to protect Cait and their family, but Diallo will stop at nothing.