Known for her tight plotting and unbelievable ability to keep the twists and turns coming, her novels are the definition of one-sit reads. Her latest stays right on course. Gardner brings Detective D. D. Warren back to investigate a crime that brings to light the dangers that lurk closer than we would ever think. How much do you really know about the people living among you?
Here are the facts:
The hero: Sergeant D. D. Warren, a hard-nosed Boston detective
The situation: A young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. As the days go by, the victim’s husband seems more intent on destroying evidence and isolating his daughter than on searching for his “beloved” wife. This leaves D.D. Warren wondering if this perfect husband is trying to hide his guilt—or just trying to hide…
Opening lines: “I’ve always wondered what people felt in the final few hours of their lives. Did they know something terrible was about to occur? Sense imminent tragedy, hold their loved ones close? Or is it one of those things that simply happens?”
What others have said: “Gripping… [and] full of inventive twists, this highly entertaining novel delivers a shocking solution as well as a perfectly realized sense of justice.” —Publishers Weekly
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