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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.
- ISBN-13: 9781496701909
- ISBN-10: 1496701909
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: January 2017
- Page Count: 320
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.84 pounds
Series: Gardiner and Renner Thrillers
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-12
- Reviewer: Staff
In bestseller Blacks solid sequel to 2016s That Darkness, forensic technician Maggie Gardiner and her associate, homicide detective Jack Renner, investigate the suspicious death of Robert Davis, a copy editor at the Cleveland Herald. Daviss body was found late one night hanging by the neck above the printing machinery in the Heralds three-story-high offset room. What first appears to be a suicide turns out to be murder. Talk of the impending death of the daily print newspaper lends color to the case, the details of which police procedural wonks are sure to relish. Black does a good job contrasting the complex characters of her two leads. Given the devil-in-the-details character of her profession, Maggie is naturally drawn to minutiae. Jacks idea of serving justice leans more toward ignoring the nuance and inconvenience of due processto say the leastand its that divergence that both divides and, ironically, binds the two. Savvy mystery fans should be able to predict whodunit, though the fun lies in the process of getting there. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Agency. (Feb.)