is killing newlyweds on their wedding days. And not just taking their lives,
viciously mutilating and denigrating the couples in death, leaving crime
scenes that turn the stomachs of all involved.
Including chief investigator
Lindsay Boxer. But Lindsay has more on her plate than tracking down a sadistic
killer. She has just learned she has Negli's aplastic anemia, a rare blood
disorder that can be fatal. She is driven to fight off the illness that
requires many blood transfusions by her persistence in solving the murders.
Lindsay forms a support team
of women, "The Women's Murder Club" including a homicide detective, a medical
examiner, an assistant district attorney, and a reporter who meet to unofficially
look into the details of each case. They turn out to be a lifeline for
Lindsay as well as performing excellent analytical work on the murders.
Wrap this all together with
romantic feelings Lindsay begins to have for her assigned partner, Chris,
and you have an emotional journey with a national search for a brutal killer
at the forefront.
(Not for the first-time crime
novel reader, this is a vivid look into murder, fixation, and forensics.
Those comfortable with the genre will find a fast paced, twisting tale
of cat and many mice.)
Jan Knauer (Colorado
Blue Spruce Children's Award)