Lucas, also known as Lou at some points in the story, is a true crime writer, although not a very successful one as his career has been dormant for years. Out of the blue he receives a letter from Jeffrey Halcomb, an inmate convicted of cult style killings almost 30 years previously. Jeffrey hasn’t talked to anyone about the gruesome killings but has read previous works by Lucas, liked them, and offers Lucas a deal. Move into my old house within a month and I will talk exclusively to you; Lucas might be famous again.