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Laura Ashley is an erotic novelist working on her newest book about the thin line between sadomasochism and serial killers. She falls for the wrong man, while her ex Policeman boyfriend tries to win her back by helping her find a serial killer.
The story opens with Laura receiving unusual e-mails, apparently from a sympathetic man who hides his identity behind a screen, but she will soon discover she is not safe anymore. As the trail progresses, despite a flattering portrait, he emerges as a person emotionally capable of murder with an obsessive need of control. She informs her boyfriend Derek, a police officer, about a possible connection between her virtual lover and the last women strangled to death. They were all called Laura and she is probably on his list. Laura herself is quite disturbed as she is aware of no real current direction in her life or in her writing. This may explain why she is seemingly relegated to play his game. She decides to cheat fate but soon realizes she is madly in love with this stranger. Another naked corpse is found at a remote location near the airport. Derek goes on with his investigation. He reveals to Laura that her virtual lover, finally free, after two decades of incarceration for killing his former wife has re-entered society, with nothing but scars from prison life he struggles for survival on the outside. Recalled to a recent scene in which another woman called Laura has been brutally murdered, he asks her to cooperate with his plan to stop the murderer. She refuses. The jealous boyfriend Derek gets her drunk over dinner to find out more then, searches her computer to discover the real intensity of their feelings and that they plan to meet. The trial goes around Derek and his personal drama. It revolves into a great deal of depth about the legal technicalities of criminal investigation, such as gathering enough evidence to accuse him of a crime he never committed.
After a chase and fight, Derek shoots the serial killer. He makes his way to plant a long knife next to the body in order to convince the public he had no choice, but to fire. Love is just the eloquent reminder of how much nonsense Laura had survived, but this story made headlines around the world and catapulted her to a new national identity.
The game of love is a dangerous one, but only Laura can join in...