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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
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2001)
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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
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
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.
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
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
Marie-anne Despres
Il très bon thriller... Cette auteur est très douée pour construire des histoires ou meurtre psychologie et sentiment se mêlent très bien.
After my disappointment in my last Lisa Gardner book this one returns to the style I have appreciated in the past. The subject is school shootings and she does a great job of conveying the emotions of all those involved - parents, teachers, first responders and various townspeople. The actual plot turns out to be much more complicated than just a school shooting with lots of twists and turns. Some nicely developed characters for whom you develop an interest even if not all are likeable. On top o ...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
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
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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
Catherine McGinnes
Wow. I really enjoyed this book considering I bought it for 50 cents at secondhand book shop.

The main character was awesome and driven and a bit dangerous, but she was also really good at her job and very kind. I didn't love the romance so much but only because the age gap between Rainie and Quincy bothered me. Not in a problematic way just in a ewwwwww way.

The mystery was great and I didn't see the ending coming at all. I loved how all of the characters ended up with real world consequences f
I think I loved this book not just because I the riveting plot, but mostly because of the writing. I absolutely love how Lisa Gardner portrays the characters, they're so real.
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
Oh. Didn't see that coming. Just get it on already though. Jeeze. The sexual tension is killing me lol.
Des personnages forts et attachants qui nous donnent envie de lire la suite de leurs péripéties.
Une bonne intrigue !

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
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
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.
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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.
This is your fairly standard mystery genre-fiction piece. Characters are well developed, they have psychologically realistic explanations for all their actions, and they are each unique – but none of them really jump off from the page in the same way that, say, Brother Cadfael does. In other words, they feel real but they aren’t particularly memorable.

And that’s really all that can be said about the entire book. It’s a good book and, as far as genre-fiction goes, I’d say that it’s one of the bet
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.
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.
Well, it was OK. This is the first of Lisa Gardner's books that I've read, and I'm not totally put off reading another, but I'm not thrilled either.

I'm not sure whether I was supposed to like the lead character, Rainie, or not. But I didn't I'm afraid. I found her irritating, and why did we have to have the part of the storyline where she falls in love with the FBI guy? I thought LG was trying to write a strong female lead, but it would seem that we can't have a female and a male character in a
Micky Cox
A diabolical murderer who gets a rush out of destroying entire communities, not just the lives of his victims. This book was a well woven twisted plot that reached to the past for a lot of the characters while trying to save the present. If you like a good murder mystery, then look no further this one is for you. The story line is an interesting twist on a school shooting and the reason why it happened as well as the killer's twist on making everyone involved suffer. The only complaint I have is ...more
I had to re-read this when I started reading The Next Accident and realized I had no idea what was going on. I guess I read this so long ago I didn't remember anything about it. I didn't even remember I had it. Even reading it, nothing came back to me, except how much reading SupSpAg annoyed me. I had no idea what happened or who the killer was. This was a good story, and I liked it, but Lisa Gardner has definitely gotten much better. I found it hard to believe that parents in the 90s would name ...more
Verovsky Brandão
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
Russ Skinner
Much better pacing than the first book in this series (or what has become the first book in this series, since Rainie Connor was not in that book). (One quibble: I had the feeling from the earlier book that FBI SupSpAg Quincy was older than he is in this, later, book.)

It was good to see a villain given credit for some intelligence.

I will be looking for the next book on OverDrive once I finish posting this.

(GoodReads quibble: I had written a previous version of this review, clicked to change the
Love Lisa Gardner books and this one didn't disappoint!
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Quincy & Rainie (6 books)
  • The Perfect Husband (Quincy & Rainie, #1)
  • The Next Accident (Quincy & Rainie, #3)
  • The Killing Hour (Quincy & Rainie, #4)
  • Gone (Quincy & Rainie, #5)
  • Say Goodbye (Quincy & Rainie, #6)
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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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