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Flashpoint (Sonora Blair #1)

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A New York Times Notable Book: Cincinnati homicide detective Sonora Blair hunts a serial killer who's playing with fire in Shamus Award—winning author Lynn Hightower's chilling thriller. A single mother of two children and a police specialist with the Cincinnati Homicide Division, Sonora Blair is still awake in the middle of the night when the call comes in. Mark Daniels h ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 16th 1996 by HarperTorch (first published January 1st 1995)
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Linda Strong
Oct 11, 2015 Linda Strong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She's a single mom with two children and an ulcer. She also carries a badge and gun, as she is a homicide detective. She is Sonora Blair.

The victim is a young man who has evidently been abducted, shot, handcuffed to the steering wheel of his car, doused with gasoline and burned to death. The killer is a woman ... and she's done this before.

Once Sonora and her team start investigating, she becomes a target. And the killer really gets serious when she thinks the brother of the young man she killed
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Monnie
Oct 24, 2015 Monnie rated it really liked it
The plot of this book sounded intriguing, but honestly, at first I was even more interested in the setting. Having grown up in southwestern Ohio a little more than an hour's drive north of Cincinnati, I have fond memories of the Queen City. Most came from many visits to the wonderful Cincinnati Zoo and Coney Island amusement park rather than in the city's downtown, although later in life I recall going back to conduct a seminar for nursing home administrators at the College of Mount Saint Joseph ...more
Breakaway Reviewers
Jan 12, 2016 Breakaway Reviewers rated it really liked it
Amidst the gruesome details of a homicide case we see the human side of policing

Sonora Blair is a homicide detective with the Cincinnati Police Department. When she is called to a crime scene in Mount Airy Forest, she is not really prepared for the gruesome scenario with which she is faced. The victim, Mark Daniels, was pulled clear by officers attending the scene and taken to hospital. He apparently had been handcuffed to the steering wheel of the car and then doused with gasoline and set aligh
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Deborah Ideiosepius
It was ok.

A little predictable in places, a little 'horror-ish' with no actual horror, a little 'thriller-ish' with not too much thrill. The main character had an ulcer that was constantly present until it went away.
Do you find that confusing? so did I.

The killer is well developed; actually, the development of the killer is the high point of the novel. There is a teaser which is never followed up suggesting that the killer has a condition in which numbers assume an actual reality. I think this
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Sharon
Open Road Integrated Media and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Police Specialist Sonora Blair is called to a scene in the middle of the night, only to find something of a nightmare. A 22 year old college student, Mark Daniels, was handcuffed to the steering wheel of his brother's car and purposefully set on fire. Before his untimely death, Mark indicates that a blonde woman was responsible for his demise. The seemingly well planned and
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Marilyn
Oct 03, 2015 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Very compelling read. Characters nicely developed. "Baddy" was very evil but not shallow. Lead detective and partner added comic element in just right amount. Will definitely pursue next in series.
Heather
The opening murder is gory, disturbing, and original–the darkest part, I’d say, of the novel. It doesn’t take long to start tracking the killer–this is less of a whodunit, focusing largely on finding and catching the killer before she can strike again. There’s plenty of mystery material, though, and quite a bit of suspense.

The characterizations are fairly complete; in particular Sonora’s fellow cops have plenty of personality. Even the ones that seem like stereotypes at first develop more dimens
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Bill
Oct 24, 2015 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No wonder this was a New York Times Notable Book.

A psychopathic killer has murdered a man – and no simple murder this.

She – yes, our nasty psychopath is a woman – has handcuffed her victim to the steering wheel of his car, doused him with gas, given him handcuff keys – the wrong ones – and set him on fire.

And this is not the first time she’s done this.

Cincinnati detective Sonora Blair is the lead, and soon she is getting phone calls from this psychopath - her kids seem to be targeted.

A fierce ps
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Donna Davis
“Anybody talk to a doctor?”
“Guy came out of emergency and talked to the brother.”
“Hear what he said?”
“Just that they were very concerned with Mark’s condition, and were doing all they could.”
“Shit. Mark won’t make it then. They’re already hanging the crepe.”

Sonora Blair is one of the most kick-ass female detectives to hit the shelves in a very long time. Lucky me, I read it free, thanks to Net Galley and Open Road Integrated Media. The original publication date was 1995, and so the initial publi
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Angela Jones-Cuéllar
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3.5/5 stars
The action of the book was balanced well with the thought-processes, intellectual pieces, and the general day-to-day routines. Reading this book was like watching an extended un-cut episode of CSI or Law & Order. You were not only taken on a ride for the big stuff but for the small bits of everyday life in-between adding to the realism of this book. The detective mystery was thrilling and interesting compiling chains of evidence, clues, twists, threats, motive
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Angela Jones-Cuéllar
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The action of the book was balanced well with the thought-processes, intellectual pieces, and the general day-to-day routines. Reading this book was like watching an extended un-cut episode of CSI or Law & Order. You were not only taken on a ride for the big stuff but for the small bits of everyday life in-between adding to the realism of this book. The detective mystery was thrilling and interesting compiling chains of evidence, clues, twists, threats, motives, and player
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LJ
FLASHPOINT - VG
Hightower, Lynn S. - 2nd in Sonora Blair series

Sonora Blair, a Cincinnati homicide detective and single mother of two, is summoned in the middle of the night to the scene of a particularly gruesome murder. There, a naked, hideously burned young man is handcuffed to the wheel of his car. A deathbed interrogation reveals the perpetrator to be a woman, and Sonora soon learns that the murderess has a history of torching her victims. After a series of suspenseful developments, it soon
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Dawn
Oct 27, 2015 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has such great writing. I enjoyed following Sonora on her quest to find out what happened to Mark. Very good mystery with a different serial killer story line! Look forward to reading the next book in the series. Great page turning read!
Pauline
Mar 07, 2009 Pauline rated it really liked it
Everything says that this is book 2 of the series when in actual fact it is no 1.
Enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the rest.
Annelie Rozeboom
Sep 28, 2011 Annelie Rozeboom rated it really liked it
Very straight forward thriller. I liked the main character and the female psycho. Would read more of these books, if I could get them.
Al Stoess
Jan 25, 2013 Al Stoess rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Good job. Different plot. Considerable violence. Forbidden sex. Interesting characters.

Read for second time. Worth reading.
Louisa
Jun 28, 2015 Louisa rated it really liked it
This was a pretty great book! And I really enjoyed the mystery, it was really great!
Melodie
Jul 24, 2009 Melodie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-pre-2003
A very sick killer in this one!
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Lynn Hightower grew up in Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky, where she studied creative writing with Wendell Berry and earned a degree in Journalism. She also teaches novel writing in the Writer’s Program at UCLA. Survival jobs include writing television commercials, catering waitress, and bartender for one day.

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