By Tess Gerritsen
NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER • From Tess Gerritsen, bestselling writer of the Rizzoli & Isles sequence, her gorgeous first thriller!
A attractive younger woman’s corpse is located dumped in a garbage-strewn alley. Now specified by the place of work of health worker Kat Novak is an unidentified physique that betrays no secrets—except for a matchbook clutched in a single stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside of. while a moment sufferer is stumbled on, Kat starts off to worry serial killer is stalking the streets, utilizing a dangerous drug to do his soiled paintings. The police are skeptical. The mayor won’t hear. one of many town’s such a lot trendy voters, with a lacking daughter of his personal, is usually Kat’s leader suspect. because the demise toll rises, Kat races to reveal a perilous predator who's shut adequate to the touch her.
Praise for Tess Gerritsen
“[The writer] has a knack for developing nice characters and mysterious plots that appear effortless but additionally dazzle with complexity and twists.”—Associated Press
“[Gerritsen] has an mind's eye that enables her to conjure up depths of human habit so darkish and scary that she makes Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft look like goody-two-shoes.”—Chicago Tribune
“One of the main flexible voices in mystery fiction today.”—The windfall Journal
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I didn’t. ’ ‘What approximately Nicos and Xenia? do you know them too? ’ ‘Look,’ acknowledged Maeve. ‘They have been silly, that’s all. Took a few undesirable medication. ’ ‘Who handed it to them? ’ Maeve didn’t resolution. ‘You understand, don’t you? ’ ‘Look, it used to be a mistake—’ ‘On whose half? ’ ‘Everyone’s. Nicos’s. Xenia’s—’ ‘Yours? ’ Maeve paused. ‘I didn’t recognize. The bastard by no means afflicted to inform me. He simply acknowledged he desired to make a supply, wanted a runner out to Bellemeade. ’ ‘And you advised him Nicos was once to be had. ’ ‘I didn’t be aware of Nicos used to be dumb adequate to snitch a pattern for himself. go it to his girlfriends. ’ ‘So you prepared it all,’ stated Kat, now not bothering to maintain the disgust out of her voice. ‘You do that type of factor for all time? ’ ‘No! It was once a desire, that’s all! outdated occasions’ sake. I didn’t know—’ ‘That it was once poison? ’ ‘He stated it was once a one-time factor! All he sought after was once a supply boy. ’ ‘All who sought after? ’ Maeve let loose a breath and seemed away. ‘Herb. Esterhaus. He and that i, we was …’ ‘I understand, Maeve. We observed the photographs. ’ ‘Photos? ’ ‘You understand. All that X-rated posing you probably did to your pal Herb. ’ there has been a flash of remorse in Maeve’s eyes. ‘Dad observed them too? ’ ‘Yes. He wasn’t happy. Would’ve strangled Esterhaus if the guy wasn’t already useless. ’ Maeve snorted. ‘I’d prefer to strangle him myself. For utilizing me. ’ ‘Did he use you frequently? For those deliveries? ’ ‘I informed you, it was once only a one-time factor. ’ She shook her head. ‘And i presumed he was once fresh, you recognize? After he acquired busted final yr, he was once genuine cautious to—’ ‘Wait. Esterhaus used to be arrested? whilst? ’ ‘About a 12 months in the past. It was once small time, a couple of pot vegetation in his yard. I don’t understand how he squirmed out of the fees, yet he did. I determine, the feds stepped in and helped him out. they appear after their witnesses. ’ ‘You knew he used to be within the Witness safety software? ’ ‘He advised me approximately Miami. while he obtained busted, that truly scared him. He didn’t wish Miami to determine. And he didn’t are looking to lose his task. Hell, he loved being cooped up in that lab! Me, I hated it. After it slow I couldn’t take him both. ’ ‘So you left him. ’ ‘I wasn’t mad at him or whatever. I simply obtained bored. ’ ‘The police say you’re a suspect in his homicide. ’ ‘They’d say whatever. ’ ‘You have a greater suspect? ’ Maeve moved clear of the crate and started to speed, weaving out and in of the shadows. ‘Herb used to be simply your usual man, attempting to make a residing. And attempting to remain fresh. ’ ‘Then why used to be he stealing Zestron-L? relocating it out onto the streets? ’ ‘He used to be being squeezed. ’ ‘By whom? ’ Maeve grew to become to examine her. ‘Try the folk on the most sensible. those who’d wish to wipe South Lexington off the map. ’ ‘Who, urban corridor? The police officers? ’ ‘The record is going on and on. humans on the most sensible, they give the impression of being down at us like we’re rats, crawling round within the sewers. And what do humans do with rats? They exterminate them. ’ Kat shook her head. ‘Wild accusations won’t earn you any issues, Maeve. ’ ‘No. humans such as you by no means hearken to humans like us. ’ ‘Hey, you’re now not precisely scraping backside, ok? You’re a Quantrell.