By Karin Slaughter
Saturday evening dates on the skating rink were a practice within the small southern city of Heartsdale for so long as an individual can be mindful, but if a teenage quarrel explodes right into a lethal shoot-out, Sara Linton—the town's pediatrician and scientific examiner—finds herself entangled in a bad tragedy.
What appeared first and foremost to be a bad yet person disaster proves to have wider implications. The post-mortem unearths facts of long term abuse, of ritualistic self -mutilation, but if Sara and police leader Jeffrey Tolliver begin to examine, they're annoyed at each turn.
The teenagers surrounding the sufferer shut ranks. The households flip their backs. Then a tender woman is kidnapped, and it turns into transparent that the 1st demise is associated with a fair extra brutal crime, one way more surprising than someone can have imagined. in the meantime, detective Lena Adams, nonetheless getting better from her sister's demise and her personal brutal assault, reveals herself attracted to a tender guy who may carry the solutions. yet until Lena, Sara, and Jeffrey can discover the lethal secrets and techniques the youngsters disguise, it's going to take place back . . .
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Not by the facts, but by his own instincts. Presumed Guilty 55 Logic, evidence, told him that Miranda Wood was the killer. Why did he have such a hard time believing it? The doubts had started a week ago, in that police station hallway. He’d watched the whole interrogation. He’d heard her denials, her lame explanations. He hadn’t been swayed. But when they’d come face-to-face in the hall, and she’d looked him straight in the eye, he’d felt the first stirrings of doubt. Would a murderess meet his gaze so unflinchingly?
His employees, for instance. ” “Yes. ” She let out a deep breath, as though relieved that the most painful part of her confession was finished. ” “I felt more…betrayed. ” “So for a month you walked around mad at Mr. ” “Sometimes. Mostly I felt stupid. And then he wouldn’t 38 Tess Gerritsen leave me alone. ” She looked up sharply. ” “No! ” She was sobbing now, screaming out her denials. The sound of her own voice echoed like some alien cry in that stark box of a room. She dropped her head into her hands and leaned forward on the table.
No more hysterics since that day at the police station. She looked cool and in control, which is how he’d always remembered her from their childhood. Evelyn the ice queen. “There’s the matter of the fingerprints,” said Tibbetts. ” asked Chase. ” “That’s the problem. The knife handle was wiped clean. Now, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Here’s this crime of passion, see? She uses her own knife. Pure impulse. ” “She must be brighter than you think,” Evelyn said, sniffing. ” asked Chase. “The suspect herself.