A stunning Gardiner and Renner thriller from the New York Times–bestselling author of Every Kind of Wicked, “one of the best storytellers around” (Tess Gerritsen).
Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner always follows the rules. Detective Jack Renner doesn’t believe in them . . .
In a mansion on the outskirts of Cleveland, a woman’s body lies in a pool of blood. The victim is Joanna Moorehouse, founder of Sterling Financial. To crack the case, Maggie and Jack will have to infiltrate the cutthroat world of high-stakes finance. But every employee at Sterling Financial is hellbent on making a killing.
When a series of unrelated murders reveals disturbing evidence, only Maggie recognizes the handiwork of a killer who will continue killing until he is stopped. Burdened with unbearable secrets, Maggie must make an agonizing choice, while her instincts keep telling her: she’s next.
“As always with Black, this psychological suspense is incredible.” —Suspense Magazine
“Full of fascinating forensic science and an eye-opening deep dive into predatory mortgage-lending practices.” —Publishers Weekly
Praise for Lisa Black and The Gardiner and Renner Thrillers “Lisa Black always delivers.” —Jeff Lindsay, creator of the Dexter series
“This terrific mystery will keep you guessing—and turning pages.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan
“A great choice for readers of psychological suspense, forensic investigations, and mystery.” —Library Journal
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black introduced the characters of Maggie Gardiner and Jack Renner in her acclaimed suspense novel That Darkness and continued their story in Unpunished, Perish, Suffer the Children, and Let Justice Descend. As a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes. Now she is a latent print examiner and crime scene analyst for the Cape Coral Police Department in Florida, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.
Lisa is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association for Identification, and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and she is a Certified Crime Scene Analyst and Certified Latent Print Examiner. She has testified in court as an expert witness more than sixty-five times. Her books have been translated into six languages. She lives near Fort Myers, Florida. Visit her on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.lisa-black.com.
"A solid position in suspense, a solid backbone of detection." —Kirkus Reviews
"As always with Black, this psychological suspense is incredible. And her way of describing the financial world makes you want to run out, take any money you have invested, cash it in and place it under your pillow instead." —Suspense Magazine"