Author: Lisa Black
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: In this tour de force of psychological suspense, bestselling author Lisa Black draws from her experience as a forensic investigator to create two of the most fascinating characters in crime fiction: a killer with a unique sense of justice and a woman in a lifelong relationship with death…
As a forensic investigator for the Cleveland Police Department, Maggie Gardiner has seen her share of Jane Does. The latest is an unidentified female in her early teens, discovered in a local cemetery. More shocking than the girl’s injuries–for Maggie at least–is the fact that no one has reported her missing. She and the detectives assigned to the case (including her cop ex-husband) are determined to follow every lead, run down every scrap of evidence. But the monster they seek is watching every move, closer to them than they could possibly imagine.
Jack Renner is a killer. He doesn’t murder because he enjoys it, or because he believes himself omnipotent, or for any reason other than to make the world a safer place. When he follows the trail of this Jane Doe to a locked room in a small apartment where eighteen teenaged girls are anything but safe, he knows something must be done. But his pursuit of their captor takes an unexpected turn.
Maggie Gardiner finds another body waiting for her in the autopsy room–and a host of questions that will challenge everything she believes about justice, morality, and the true nature of evil …
Review: This novel starts off in careful detail and continues, never crossing the line into gratuitous violence but always skirting close to the edge of what I’m comfortable with. When your main character is a crime scene tech and she’s visiting the morgue a lot, you’re going to get some information that’s going to be squicky, right? The tale is so interesting and becomes so psychologically addictive that you soon stop flinching at the gruesome details and hone in on the absolutely horrid things that are happening in this city. I’ve read few books like this where the killer is so openly acknowledged by the author–he talks to us in his own chapters–and he’s so close to the other main character. Close enough to touch…or kill.
A vigilante killer? Yes, it starts to appear so. But what if his crimes are justified? Sometimes horrible people get away with murder and good people get wiped off the face of the earth. What’s fair about that? Why should violent criminals get to walk out and kill again and again? The people who are on the front lines, the cops and CSI and medical workers and firefighters and EMS who see the same offenders and their victims time and time again…what if they cracked?
Without a justice system to determine what’s a crime and who gets to live, wouldn’t society devolve into chaos?
The exquisite dance between Maggie and Jack leads both of them to this question and takes the reader along as well. Interesting conundrum for those who love mysteries. Read it!