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The Third Victim (Quincy & Rainie #2)

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The past isn't over....An unspeakable act has ripped apart the idyllic town of Bakersville, Oregon, and its once-peaceful residents are demanding quick justice. But though a boy has confessed to the horrific crime, evidence shows he may not be guilty.
Officer Rainie Conner, leading her first homicide investigation, stands at the center of the controversy. It's hitting too...more
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Bantam (first published 2001)
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Sharon
Bakersville in Oregon is a small town where nothing much ever happens. So when Rainie Connor a police officer gets a call informing her that shots are being fired inside a school she can't believe it. At first she thinks this must be a mistake, but once she arrives at the school, Rainie soon discovers that this no mistake. Watching as she sees parents, teachers and children all running around frantic she quickly discovers that already there are a couple of children dead and several others injure...more
Lois
Educational, educational, educational--boy, can we tell that Lisa Gardner did a bunch of research on mass murderers vs. serial killers and various homocidal types. Which she dumped on us in dialogue. Ugh.

Very slooooooow plot.

Mostly I was interested in Rainie and Quincy's backstory. Eh.
Dee Waite
The more I read of Lisa Gardner the more I like her style of writing. She doesn't hold back and tells a story the way life happens. The real world can, and often does, suck. We all know there are "bad guys/gals" out there and silently pray that they don't enter our own little piece of the world, but for far too many, they do enter, and consume their lives. This is a well told story of a terrible act and the woman who fights against her own demons to bring the true killer to justice. If you want...more
Sheri
The Third Victim (Lisa Gardner)
Another good psychological thriller from Lisa Gardner.

Rainie Connor is a police officer in a small town in Oregon. An unthinkable and tragic crime happens and Sheriff Shep is caught in this web. His son has confessed to the crime, but is he the perpetrator, or could he be a victim.

With the help of FBI agent Pierce Quincy, Rainie tries to solve the crime before it is too late. Having her friend Shep's son as prime suspect , does not make this easier. Soon she must...more
Kim
Having read some of her other books and loved them, this one was such a disappointment and such a struggle to finish. It didn't have the suspense that her other books have had, which surprises me because the book right before this, The Other Daughter, was full of suspense.
Amazon says:
"Rainie Conner initially joined the small-town police force in Bakersville, Ore., to escape the ghosts of her past. When she responds to a call from the local school and discovers students screaming, bodies lying i...more
Carol  MacInnis
Lorraine (Rainie)Connor is a police officer in the small town of Bakersville, Oregon and has just been called to a shooting at the K though 8 School where the Sherrif's two children attend. Two eight year old girls and a teacher have all been shot and killed and several other children wounded. As Rainie carefully and slowly moves through the halls, a classroom door opens and the Sherrif comes out with his hands up and his own thirteen year old son, Danny, is holding a gun in each of his hands. D...more
Teresa
This story was unlike any serial killer story I had ever read before. I didn't even know about this type of psychological behavior before in serial killers (won't go into detail as it would be the biggest spoiler ever). I also loved many of the things that she included about kids who commit school shootings and other serious crimes. For many years I have lamented that the criminal justice system conveniently forgets that even disturbed children are still children, and treating them as adults cri...more
LJ
The Third Victim - G
Gardner, Lisa - 2nd in Quincy/Raine series

An unspeakable act has ripped apart the idyllic town of Bakersville, Oregon, and its once peacful residents are demanding quick justice. But though a boy has confessed to the horrific crime, evidence shows he may not be guilty.

Officer Rainie Conner, leading her first homicide investigation, stands at the center of the controversy. It's hitting too close to home, bringing back her worst nightmares, threatening to expose her secret sins...more
Heather P
I know I wow alot of books but this one just popped right out from the start. I couldn't put the book down from page 2 on. Everything in this book by Lisa Gardner grabs you and holds you right up to the very last sentence of the book. There were lots of twists, and questions within the whole story. I loved all of the characters and they were all written perfectly. I only got confused once but then it was all figured out for me come the end of the book. This book is a heart stopper and it keeps y...more
Tracy

This is the second book in the FBI profiler series and a wonderful read. If you like crime musteries than buy this book u will not be disappointed. The characters have grown on me and are easy to relate to the story line stirs the imagination and kept me wondering who the killer was right to the end... I love the fact the author managed to keep that a mystery although she did give subtle clues to the identity
I have the third book in the series The Next Accident on my kindle and can not wait to...more
Jennifer
The Third Victim is #2 in Lisa Gardner's Quincy/Rainie series. This book goes more in depth into the lives of Rainie (a cop in Bakersville, OR) and Quincy (an agent with the FBI), and the story centers around a school shooting where 2 little girls and a teacher is killed. I really enjoyed how Gardner goes into the psychological profile of a serial killer, and how a kid could possibly kill at such a young age. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Christine Blachford
Plot: A small American town becomes the latest victim of a school shooting and it’s up to Rainie Conner to work out whether the boy she has under arrest actually did it or not, all the while trying to live through her own horrors and embark on a relationship with an out of town investigator.

Characters: Lorraine Connor, Rainie, has a deeply troubled history and she takes the reigns of the terror embarked on the town well, although starts to lose the plot a little herself. The object of her affect...more
Lee-Ann
I liked this book. I had read more recent Lisa Gardner novels first, so it was good to see how she introduced Rainie Conner and what the back story was. It's great to see how Rainie's relationship with Quincy starts off, too. The school shooting plot sent me off on a roller-coaster ride of assumptions, reminding me never to assume. I liked the emotional loose ends at the conclusion, reminding me of European mystery novels.
Melliane
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Je ne connaissais pas du tout cette série mais je connaissais Lisa Gardner et j’étais curieuse de voir ce que donnait cette petite série. Encore une fois, je ne commence pas avec le premier tome, mais en lisant le résumé, on peut voir que le volume précédent traite de personnages différents. Il n’y a donc pas vraiment de problèmes ici avec cette histoire.

Nous découvrons dès le début de l’histoire : Rainie, un agent de police dans une petite ville de province....more
Susan
If the holidays weren't here when I started this book I probably would have finished it within a day but since Christmas interrupted my reading I finished it last night. Great book, great charaters, LOVED the plot. She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
Peggy
This was a good suspense novel. The subject matter is painful, relating to a Columbine style shooting. But the story is good. I like Lisa Gardner. She reminds me of James Patterson but with a feminine tilt. There is a love story on the side.
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Lynn
I had heard Lisa Gardner speak at a conference and since was sounded so interesting in person, I felt I had to read her work. So off to the InterLibrary Loan site and I requested "The Third Victim" on audiobook.

It opens in a small town in Oregon. Rainie Connor (short for Lorraine) is one of two full time officers in Bakersville. She has grown up there and was only away a few years when she went to college, but she returned a few years ago and lives in the home she grew up in. She has just finish...more
Dara
Love Lisa Gardner books and this one didn't disappoint!
Bridget Conroy
As usual, another great book by Lisa Gardner. You never want to put her books down because you want to find out who did it and why and are excited for all the twists that are about to come your way. I have been reading her books out of order as I get them so this was nice to see how Quincy met Rainie to begin with and explains her past so it was nice to finally find out about her past. This book was really good although I dont think this was one of my favorites or the best but definitely an enjo...more
Samantha Ace
I always enjoy Lisa Gardner's books, her research into the law enforcement background is very extensive and comes across as realistic in her books. I do think I am watching too much Law & Order: SVU though, because during the interrogation/questioning of *the suspect, I kept pausing and thinking to myself "NO! Be careful, that won't be admissible in court, you are coaching him!".

The Third Victim was very heart-wrenching, because you really felt for all of the characters, and in true Lisa Gar...more
Bill Garrison
THE THIRD VICTIM is one of bestselling author Lisa Gardner's early novels, and one in which long time characters Quinch and Rainie Connor meet. Quincy is an FBI profiler and Rainie is a police officer in the small Oregon town of Bakersville. As I followed them in later Gardner novels, I always pictured them as older, so it was fun to get a glimse of Quincy in his forties and Ranie at 31.

The novel opens with a horrific event, a school shooting. Rainie is fifteen minutes away and drives like craz...more
Brenda
Another great Lisa Gardner thriller....it’s gritty, captivating, and extremely riveting! A very hard book to put down, once again!

Rainie Connor is a police officer in the small town of Bakersville in Oregon. Life is quiet and uncomplicated for the police and citizens...the odd drunk driver, a speeding car, nothing they can’t handle. Then an unthinkable and tragic crime occurs and Rainie’s boss and friend Shep, who is Sheriff of Bakersville, is torn between defending his son, and trying to do wha...more
Sharon
Sheriff Shep O'Grady and Rainie Conner make up the Bakersville police force, supplemented by volunteers who are enthusiastic but not sufficiently trained. Rainie is called to the K-8 shooting, in fact, Shep makes her the primary on the case. Rather unusual behaviour, to say the least. When Rainie gets to the school, it becomes obvious why Shep threw off the reins, he's inside the school, against all protocol, with his 13 year old son Danny, who appears to be the shooter.

Once the dust clears an...more
Cphe
In the small town of Bakersville, the unthinkable happens. The small town is rocked when a lone gunman opens fire at the local primary school. A young teacher and two little girls are killed. Thirteen year old Danny, the Sheriff's troubled and loner son is found holding the murder weapons.

Officer Rainie Connor is asked to act as Primary on the case and investigate the scene. The question arises, did Danny actually commit the crime although all evidence points to him?. When the FBI and State poli...more
stephanie
Jan 30, 2008 stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: laura.
Shelves: 2008, trashythrillers
surprisingly good for how long it took me to read. Lisa Gardner says that she writes psychological thrillers, which i think i finally believe, but that does mean that often times the story drags a bit.

however, gardner is awesome at wrapping up all the loose ends in a very realistic way. i was so happy that there was no trite "happy ending" (which i really thought was going to happen) and that makes me want to read more of her stuff. i also want more of these characters, but i don't think there...more
Sara
The Third Victim starts out with a school shooting, which I wasn't expecting based on the blurb and feel needs mentioning only because I personally have a hard time with school shooting related content. Once again, Gardner had to include a romance aspect; at first, that angle felt thrown in to attract more female readers, but I came to find the storyline more believable as the book went on. I really grew to like Quincy; he was barely mentioned in the first book of this series (The Perfect Husban...more
Amanda
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Erika
So, what changed? The author or the reader?

I bought this book some time ago and only got around to reading it recently. I recognized the title of a previous book by Gardner as one I'd read, but didn't remember much of the story. Upon re-reading my own review, I was surprised to see what a low rating I gave it and my own rather harsh comments.

This all surprised me because I thought this book was REALLY good.

Premise: A small town is shattered when a school shooting leaves two little girls and a t...more
Reecie
The past isn't over....An unspeakable act has ripped apart the idyllic town of Bakersville, Oregon, and its once-peaceful residents are demanding quick justice. But though a boy has confessed to the horrific crime, evidence shows he may not be guilty.
Officer Rainie Conner, leading her first homicide investigation, stands at the center of the controversy. It's hitting too close to home, bringing back her worst nightmares, threatening to expose her secret sins. But with the boy's life at stake, sh...more
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New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in po...more
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“Special Agent Quincy had earned his stripes as one of the Bureau’s finest profilers.” 0 likes
“Chances are that he’s experiencing a great deal of guilt and self-loathing. Someone needs to help him come to terms with that. Otherwise, there is the danger that he will simply shut down that part of himself. He will start actively considering himself to be a remorseless killer. And he will become one.” 0 likes
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