Perfect for fans of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles and Kathy Reichs, comes an explosive debut thriller about a team of two strong women and a crime that will shake you to your core.
Three separate homicides. Three unrelated victims. One grisly secret.
When the body of famous actress Niki Francis is unearthed from its shallow grave, the small town of Medford, Oregon is alarmed, but not shook. After all, there should be plenty of motives and suspects--Niki had fame, wealth, looks. The kill was targeted, premeditated, and it's about her celebrity. Or so they thought.
Whit McKenna is licking her wounds, working as a reporter for the local Medford rag. Fresh from a harrowing assignment for her previous post at the L. A. Times which cost her her husband, Whit must pull herself together for the sake of her two daughters. The wound has hardly begun to scab when she's called to cover the murder, so she teams up with her best friend, medical examiner Katie Riggs. Then two more victims turn up, completely disconnected from one another, and McKenna loses all hope of a breakthrough.
Rather than clarity, the possible suspects and motives become scrambled. But time is running out, and each front page article McKenna writes brings her closer to a killer who will stop at nothing to realize a deadly vision.
Crime journalist Greer's fine debut and series launch introduces reporter Whit McKenna and medical examiner detective Katie Riggs. Whit, a former war correspondent for the L.A. Times, was on assignment in Afghanistan with her photojournalist husband when he was killed. Suffering from PTSD, she left the Times after a much publicized emotional breakdown and is now a general reporter for the Medford, Ore., Daily Chronicle. Katie, a cancer survivor, has transferred from the violent crime division of the Medford PD to the ME's office. Whit is on the scene of a fire that killed wealthy attorney Robert Delano when she gets a call to check out reports of a body partially buried in a shallow grave in the woods. The victim turns out to be a popular actor. Then a local TV host is also found dead in her swimming pool. The tension builds as Katie and Whit each investigate the crimes in their own ways. These distinctive leads occasionally swap information, until they find a horrifying connection among the victims. The friendship between the two strong female protagonists rings true; with their difficult pasts, they can empathize with the plights of others, while maintaining their almost obsessive need to discover the truth. Readers will look forward to their future exploits.
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A Desperate Place
I learned a few things. Sort of a chick book but I enjoyed it.