Maggie Gardiner, forensics expert for the Cleveland police department, and Jack Renner, a homicide detective with a killer secret, return in bestselling author Lisa Black’s new thriller as they confront the darkest threat yet to their careers—and their lives.
The body of fifteen-year-old Rachael Donahue—abandoned by society, raised in foster homes, and violently unapproachable—has been discovered at the bottom of a stairwell at Firebird, the secure facility for juvenile offenders in Cleveland. For Maggie and Jack, Rachael’s death comes with a disturbing twist—the girl may have been involved with a much older man.
But Rachael’s not the only resident at the center to come to a dead end. Firebird’s ten-year-old “wild child” has overdosed in the infirmary—back-to-back tragedies that appear to be terrible accidents. As a forensic investigator, Maggie knows appearances can be deceiving. And Jack knows all about deceit. That’s why they both suspect a cold-blooded murderer is carrying out a deadly agenda.
As Maggie’s ex-husband gets nearer to uncovering the secrets that Maggie and Jack must hide, it becomes increasingly harder for them to protect a new and vulnerable victim from a killer with unfathomable demons.
Praise For Lisa Black
and her Gardiner and Renner Thrillers
“Lisa Black always delivers authentic characters in riveting stories. That Darkness takes things to a spellbinding new level.”
—Jeff Lindsay, creator of the Dexter series
“Intriguing forensic details help drive the plot to its satisfying conclusion.”
“Black is one of the best writers of the world of forensics.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“The surprising ending is sure to keep readers coming back for more.”
“A great choice for readers of psychological suspense, forensic investigations, and mystery.”
“A crime thriller with a sharp psychological edge running through it. . . . If you are a lover of mystery and suspense, this is an absolute must read.”
“A murder at the struggling Cleveland Herald reunites forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner and detective Jack Renner, who share each other’s dreadful secrets. Solid mystery fare.”
“Black does a good job contrasting the complex characters of her two leads.”
“This terrific mystery will keep you guessing at every turn—and turning pages as fast as you can.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan