by Black, Lisa

Maggie and Jack investigate the brutal murder of the founder of a large financial company and enter the cutthroat world of big finance where everyone is intent on making killing. By the author of Unpunished.

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black introduced the characters of Maggie Gardiner and Jack Renner in her acclaimed suspense novel That Darkness and continued their story in Unpunished.  She is the author of seven novels in the Theresa MacLean mystery series and two novels written as Elizabeth Becka. As a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes. Now she is a latent print examiner and CSI for the Cape Coral Police Department in Florida, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.
Lisa is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and is a Certified Latent Print Examiner. She has testified in court as an expert witness over sixty-five times. Her books have been translated into six languages. She lives near Fort Myers, Florida. Visit her on Facebook, Twitter, or at

The brutal murder of Joanna Moorehouse sends Detectives Thomas Riley and Jack Renner following the money. There's a lot to follow because Moorehouse-discovered eviscerated in her Cleveland mansion-led Sterling Financial, which built its success on the backs of unwary customers seeking mortgage loans. Some former customers have sued the firm, and others are currently conducting organized protests. Within days, two other women working at Sterling are killed in the same manner by someone who manages to leave no traces for forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner to uncover. The uneasy alliance between Gardiner and Renner continues in this third entry in the series, after Unpunished (2017), as the current case takes a turn that casts dark light on Gardiner's personal life. Black's research of the 2008 financial crisis shows in details that may delight business types but may slow the action for others. Still, the plot hurtles to an adrenaline-fueled conclusion that is sure to hook Black's devoted readership. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

A forensic expert tries to make sense of a grisly string of murders.Joanna Moorehouse was living the life. Already, in her late 20s, she was CEO of Sterling Financial, a large mortgage company. Her job rained down perks, including a luxurious home in the Cleveland suburbs. Who could have hated her so much that he or she wanted her not only dead, but literally hacked to ribbons on the floor of her pristine dining room? Maggie Gardiner (Unpunished, 2017, etc.) hopes to cull enough evidence from the scene to give a firmer direction to detectives Jack Renner and Thomas Riley's investigation. What interests Maggie most is not what she finds but what she doesn't find: no blood trail, no fingerprints, no trace of the killer's movements walking away from the scene of his own carnage. As Renner and Riley seek motives for the killing among the Sterling staff, including Jeremy Mearan, an employee whose benefits package included access to Moorehouse's bedroom, Maggie puzzles over the tra ce evidence. But it isn't until more corpses crop up, similarly slashed and with similarly sterile crime scenes, that Maggie, Renner, and Riley realize that the murder isn't just about Joanna. Black offers readers a crash course in subprime lending and credit default swaps along with a strong position in suspense. The good guys don't all finish first, but in the end, justice is done. Like her Theresa MacLean series, Black's Gardiner and Renner investigations graft a quirky social justice sensibility onto a solid backbone of detection. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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