The Golden Crane is a psychological thriller that depicts a serial killer with an abnormal mental illness inhibiting him from talking to adults, unless of course, he had met them previously as children.
Hunter was the relationship that Laurel never expected to find. The abuse she suffered as a child damaged her from even considering one otherwise. She had met so many different people in New York city, none of which had ever asked her on a date. Why had he? At first, Hunter seemed perfect, with bright and excited eyes that looked past her anxiety. Quickly after, he moved into her apartment and the smile that she had fallen in love with was gone, replaced by a relentless, disappointed scowl. Now all that she wants is to figure out how to get him out.
As their difficult relationship moves forward, a series of dead bodies begin to turn up. The popular but scarcely credible news outlet, The Moore, is calling the suspect The Sandhill Shooter, a serial killer who leaves behind an origami crane at each crime scene with a strand of hair from a previous victim embedded inside. When the Federal Bureau's investigation, led by renowned yet burned out detective Gerald Whitehorse, leads investigators to a defunct adoption services agency, questions are darkly answered as to how the victims were chosen.