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by Judith Jones
When fast-track police detective, Kerry Lake, becomes certain that 13-year-old Melissa Slater can provide information about drugs sales at the local school, she arranges for the girl to establish contact with the notorious drugs tycoon, Titch Raybould. A few hours after Kerry watches Melissa accept a lift in Titch's car, the young girl is found dead and sexually violated.
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published 1999 by Constable & Company Ltd
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I don't know why we haven't heard more about this author. The pacing is excellent, the characters different enough to be believable and the suspense tight. What I enjoyed most about this story was the presence of the victim, even long after her death. Victims tend not to be the point of crime novels. Their death is usually the end of the road for them and they fade into obscurity while their killer rises to the top. In this novel, Melissa remains present long after she has gone; a constant ...more
Judith B. Jones (born 1924) retired as senior editor and vice president at Knopf in 2011. In 1950 she rescued The Diary of Anne Frank from the reject pile. In 1960, she championed a cookbook no other publisher would touch, named it Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and became Julia Child's editor from then on. She ushered all of John Updike's books into print, including the posthumous titles, a ...moreMore about Judith Jones...