Police Specialist Sonora Blair of the Cincinnatti Homicide Division is a awakened in the middle of the night with an urgent summons to take a deathbed statement. The victim can hardly speak, but Sonora's questions elicit one key detail: the psycho who committed this gruesome crime is a woman. Sonora is committed to finding this killer before she strikes again - no matter what the cost to her private life or the politics of her career. When the murderer begins to call Sonora - taunting, mocking, trying to lure her into a twisted woman-to-woman complicity - the tension of this deadly cat-and-mouse game climbs to an unbearable pitch. And Sonora realizes that her peace of mind, her job, and even her family are in deadly jeopardy. But she refuses to stop, until the killer is cornered and the victim can finally rest in peace.
Southern PI Lena Padget's hunt for a missing coed leads her into a deadly mystery born in the fires of the ATF's Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas. Though still haunted by ghosts from her past, Lena Padget has made a good life for herself in Lexington, Kentucky, as a private eye specializing in cases involving abused women and children. But Lena's latest case threatens her romantic relationship with her live-in lover, police detective Lt. Joel Mendez. Hired by the family of college student Cheryl Dunkirk, who disappeared while serving as an intern for the US Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Lena is working the same missing person's case that Joel is officially exploring--albeit from a different angle. But Cheryl's fate may be linked to a series of mysterious deaths of ATF agents who were involved in the disastrous raid on the Branch Davidian cult's complex, and Joel and Lena's personal issues will have to be put aside when an ice-cold serial killer's insatiable hunger for blood turns their professional competition into something deadly. Fortunes of the Dead chronicles PI Lena Padget's second gripping excursion into the darkest corners of human experience. A story of blind rage, vengeance, madness, and murder that crackles with suspense, it will appeal to readers of Karin Slaughter and Laura Lippmann. Fortunes of the Dead is the 2nd book in the Lena Padget Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
A fearless female private investigator in the South takes on a satanic cult that practices human sacrifice in this gripping Shamus Award-winning mystery. Seven years ago Lena Padget's life exploded when Jeff Hayes, her devil-worshipping brother-in-law, killed her sister and two-year-old nephew. The horrific double-murder hardened the once-gentle Kentucky native and compelled her to leave graduate school in order to help protect abused and endangered women from human monsters. Now Hayes and his sadistic partner in satanism, Archie Valetta, have been inexplicably released on parole. Lena's past has returned with a vengeance to haunt her--and to prey on yet another frightened mother and her helpless child. Approached by Valetta's desperate ex-wife, Eloise, Lena will do everything in her power to prevent history from repeating itself. Otherwise, Eloise's four-year-old son will be the next innocent victim. Before Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan and Karin Slaughter's Sara Linton, there was Lena Padget. The winner of the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel, Satan's Lambs marked the acclaimed debut of author Lynn Hightower's tough-as-nails, sexy, and smart female sleuth on a fictional PI scene long dominated by male mystery writers and established Hightower as a force to be reckoned with in crime fiction. Satan's Lambs is the 1st book in the Lena Padget Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Lena Padgett was a mild-mannered grad student in a quiet Kentucky town until her sister was brutally murdered, and everything changed. Over the seven years that the killer has been in prison, Lena has honed her anger to a razor's edge, working as a private eye for women too scared to help themselves. But with her sister's killer out of jail-- and high on the twisted beliefs of the religious cult that raised him-- Lena is suddenly her own most desperate client. Lena could give any of the tough chicks in mystery fiction-- and not a few of the guys-- a run for their money. While she may not carry a gun, she packs a lethal baseball bat. But on this go-round, she'll need every weapon she can muster to avoid becoming another lamb to the slaughter.
Accused of murdering her child, a suspected sufferer of Munchausen syndrome by proxy seeks help from Southern private eye Lena Padget, in this riveting thriller. Lena Padget has dedicated her life to helping women in trouble, but she's never dealt with a case as desperate and complex as that of Emma Marsden, who recently lost her infant son to a fatal liver ailment. The pediatrician who treated the child has accused the devastated mother of poisoning her son. Dr. Theodore Tundridge firmly believes that the tragedy was the result of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which can cause sufferers to inflict harm on others to draw attention to themselves. Now Emma is terrified that Children and Family Services will take her teenage daughter away from her. Lena's search for the truth leads her into the dark, shadowy regions of the medical establishment--where a nightmare of unethical science may be unfolding behind the doors of Dr. Tundridge's hospital pathology laboratory--and into troubling areas of her enigmatic client's psyche. What initially appeared to be a case of medical malpractice and character assassination suddenly takes a sharp and dangerously unexpected turn, setting Lena on a race to untangle a twisted web of secrets before more children die. Shamus Award-winning author Lynn Hightower delivers a must-read for fans of Karin Slaughter, Laura Lippman, and Marcia Muller--a powerful story of medicine, motherhood, and madness that will stay with the reader long after the mystery's surprising denouement. When Secrets Die is the 3rd book in the Lena Padget Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Private investigator Lena Padget has been approached by a single mother with a stunning tale to tell. Emma Marsden, still grieving over the death of her infant son from an inexplicable illness, has been dealt another devastating blow. Her pediatrician, Theodore Tumdridge, has accused Emma of poisoning her son in a psychotic bid for attention. Emma wants to counter his charges by accusing Tundridge of keeping a shocking chamber of horrors in his pathology lab - all the more frightening because it is entirely legal. Lena agrees to take on Emma's case and uncovers other suspicious deaths under the doctor's care. But when a secretly taped video incriminates Emma in the most intimate of ways -and Emma's teenage daughter disappears -even Lena isn't prepared for where the truth will take her.
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