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Unpunished: A Gardiner and Renner Novel #2

Lisa Black

ISBN 9781496701909
Publish Date 1/31/2017
Format Hardcover
Categories Serial Killer, Psychological, Thriller/Suspense, Kensington, Gardiner and Renner
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Maggie Gardiner, a forensic expert who studies the dead, and Jack Renner, a homicide cop who stalks the living, form an uneasy partnership to solve a series of murders in this powerful new thriller by the bestselling author of That Darkness.

It begins with the kind of bizarre death that makes headlines—literally. A copy editor at the Cleveland Herald is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide inside the tsunami of tensions that is the news industry today—and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn’t trust at all . . .

Jack Renner is a killer with a conscience, a vigilante with his own code of honor. In the past, Jack has used his skills and connections as a homicide detective to take the law into his own hands, all in the name of justice. He has only one problem: Maggie knows his secret. She insists he enforce the law, not subvert it. But when more newspaper employees are slain, Jack may be the only person who can help Maggie unmask the killer-- even if Jack is still checking names off his own private murder list.

“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.” --Booklist

“The protagonists in this series are both hiding tremendous secrets while trying to solve murders at a dying Cleveland newspaper. The antagonism between the lead characters was previously revealed, but the tension has them treading lightly, because the stakes are extremely high.” – RT Book Reviews

“In bestseller Black’s solid sequel to 2016’s That Darkness…Black does a good job contrasting the complex characters of her two leads.” - Publishers Weekly

“Breaking news: this is a terrific mystery. Timely, tense, and thought provoking, this fast-paced insider's view of the dangerous intersection between journalism and murder will keep you guessing at every turn--and turning pages as fast as you can.” --Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author of Say No More

About Lisa Black:

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, and Suffer the Children. 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 CSI 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

Photo Credit: Susan M. Klingbeil

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