The Screaming Room

Thomas O'Callaghan

Pinnacle,  April 2007

Thomas O'Callaghan drew rave reviews for Bone Thief, his chilling debut. In his riveting new thriller, a diabolical killer is terrorizing New York City . . .

John Driscoll has laid the ghosts of his past to rest. He's ready to start over -- both personally and as an NYPD homicide commander. But it seems that a serial killer has other plans for Driscoll.

The victims' bodies are found, brutally mutilated and carefully arranged for the world to see -- grotesque visions to all except for the depraved killer, who considers them masterpieces. These blood rituals spell out a message to Driscoll. And they are just the beginning . . . 

Driscoll's investigation will lead him down the darkest of journeys, toward an evil beyond his worst nightmares. In a hellish landscape conceived by the all-too-clever mind of a twisted schemer, Driscoll must play a killer's deadly game. It's up to him to save his city -- or die trying.

paperback | ISBN: 9780786018123 | Publication Date: April 2007

"O'Callaghan has scorched his way into the first rank of writers exploring the psychology and methods of serial killers alongside those of their often-troubled opposite numbers, police inspectors. Bone Thief sweeps the reader along in its breathless, tumbling course -- just the thing for an autumn evening, a comfortable chair in front of the fireplace, a measure of single-malt scotch, and, from deep in the surrounding woods, the howls of faraway madmen."
--Peter Straub

"Sharp as a scalpel, chilling as ice, Bone Thief takes you on a relentless and harrowing ride into the disturbed world of a serial killer who steals his victims' bones. From dark beaches to immaculate hospitals, police back rooms to the mansions of the wealthy, O'Callaghan peels back the layers of the human soul with informed surety."
--Gayle Lynds

"From its chilling opening to its slam-bang conclusion, Bone Thief delivers the goods. You won't soon forget this truly creepy serial killer -- or the haunted cop who struggles to bring him to justice."
--P.J. Parrish

"Authentic cop details, a compelling plot, and a twisted killer who'll make you look over your shoulder with every page."
--Lynn Hightower on Bone Thief

"Chilling psychological suspense that will leave you at the edge of your seat, white-knuckled and still turning pages. Keep the lights on and lock the doors."
--Alex Kava on Bone Thief

"With expert pacing and plotting, Bone Thief will keep you riveted until the surprising, satisfying end. Be warned, however -- this one should be read in the light of day."
--Alaflair Burke

"Bone Thief is that rare commodity in murder-mystery fiction which can actually give the reader nightmares. O'Callaghan twists imagination into unspeakable shapes."
--Alan Paul Curtis,

"A strong, sharply written debut -- there's a fast paced plot, intrigue, and a smart cop facing off against an evil-but-clever serial killer. O'Callaghan's writing style perfectly reflects the tense plot."
--Lisa Yanaky, on Bone Thief

"Riveting, tightly written, an exceptional read. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who loves an engrossing thrill ride."
--Sheila Leitzel, on Bone Thief

"But if you are a reader who likes chills running up and down their spine, this is a book for you."
--Anne K. Edwards, on Bone Thief

"Bone Thief is one of the best debut novels I've read in this genre. If this suspense thriller does not scare the bejabbers out of you, nothing will."
--L.A. Johnson

"This one will definitely give you the creeps . . . a thrill a minute. I didn't want to put it down."
--Pilot (Southern Pines, NC) on Bone Thief