A retired judge has been found brutally murdered on the outskirts of Las Vegas, complete with a macabre yet masterfully intricate tattoo on his face . . . the third seemingly random victim of the mysterious kidnapper dubbed by law enforcement as the Tattoo Man. The judge wasn't the first person to have been abducted, drugged, and permanently altered with tattoos and body modification . . . but he was the first to wind up dead. At the same time, several other deceased are turning up all over Sin City with their body art mercilessly removedand the timing would seem to suggest to those in authority that all of these crimes are somehow related. But Las Vegas's top crime scene investigatorsCatherine Willows, Ray Langston, Nick Stokes, Sara Sidle, and Greg Sandersaren't jumping to any conclusions, as they attempt to connect the dots by entering the secretive and tight-knit body art communityone that is intensely wary of outsiders. . . .