Dead Ringer is the latest crime novel from Mary Burton, America's Queen of Crime.
Beside each body, the killer leaves a simple charm bearing a woman's name. The victims are strangers to each other, but they have been chosen with the utmost care. Each bears a striking resemblance to Kendall Shaw, a local TV presenter, and each is brutally strangled by a madman whose obsession will never end...
In front of the cameras, Kendall is the picture of stylish confidence. But at night she's haunted by disturbing nightmares that feel like fragmented memories of a childhood she can't remember. Despite warnings from Detective Jacob Warwick, Kendall can't stop investigating the recent string of murders. She knows she holds the key to catching an obsessed psychopath - if he doesn't get to her first...
The deeper Kendall and Jacob dig into the victims' backgrounds, the more terrifying the discoveries. From the shadows of the past, a legacy of evil has resurfaced. Every murder, every moment has been leading to Kendall. And this time, nothing will stop the killer making her his final victim...
Fans of Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs, and Karin Slaughter will love Mary Burton's Dead Ringer. Much like The Seventh Victim and Before She Dies, Dead Ringer will have its readers in horrified suspense.
Praise for Mary Burton:
'A twisted tale . . . I couldn't put it down!' Lisa Jackson
'Stieg Larsson fans will find a lot to like in Burton's taut, well-paced novel' Publishers Weekly
Mary Burton is the critically acclaimed author of I'm Watching You, Dead Ringer, Dying Scream, Merciless and Senseless - all set in Virginia, USA, where Mary lives with her family.
A taut race to identify and apprehend the person who is killing look-alikes of popular Richmond, Va., TV anchorwoman Kendall Shaw is enhanced with a dash of sexual tension plus generous handfuls of emotional baggage. After two women who resemble Kendall are found dead, it's clear that sooner or later the killer will directly target the aggressive newscaster. As homicide detective Jacob Warwick, who saw Kendall at her most vulnerable after rescuing her from an insane kidnapper, struggles with his attraction to her, he also needs to simultaneously protect her and keep her sharp reporter's instincts away from police business, all while she denies that she's in danger or needs any help. With a gift for artful obfuscation, Burton juggles a budding romance and two very plausible might-be perpetrators right up to the tense conclusion.