A new home, a new marriage, a new family. It's a lot to sort out. But before medicolegal death investigator Mattie can smooth out the unexpected chaos of her new life, duty calls. At the local ER, a battered and bruised teenage girl has been brought in by a mysterious man who claimed she'd fallen out of a car. The staff is suspicious, but while they attend to the teenager, the unidentified man slips out. Then the girl dies--but not before informing social worker Hildy Schneider that the man had her little sister as well.Mattie's exam reveals forensic evidence of long-term IV drug use and physical abuse, findings consistent with Hildy's suspicion that the girl was a victim of human trafficking. They are able to confirm her identity as a teen who went missing six months ago, along with her sister--facts that are deeply unsettling to Mattie who now shares a home with her husband's teen daughter. Working closely with Hildy and Sorenson homicide detectives, including her husband Steve Hurley, Mattie must delve into a dark underworld to stop the ruthless trafficking of human lives--before it's too late for another young girl . . .
"The indomitable heroine overcomes a crazy quilt of stories and threads to tackle the problems of everyday practical living along with the high-profile crimes she's trying to solve."
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- ISBN-13: 9781496706720
- ISBN-10: 1496706722
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: January 2020
- Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.45 pounds
- Page Count: 448