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Trail Of Blood by Lisa Black
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Aug 09, 2011

really liked it

This one is particularly good because it uses an actual unsolved case of an historical serial killer - the Torso killer - as background. Chilling and especially moving when we get some backstory on the person whose body is found at the beginning of the case. But this one is also filled with "oh no, she didn't!" moments when Theresa does things that the reader screams at her for...she really needs a watchdog for her own protection! I'm just looking out for you, girlfriend!

London had Jack the Ripper in the 1890s, Cleveland had the "Torso Killer" in the 1930s - neither string of mutilations and killings were ever solved. Lisa Black uses the Cleveland case as the starting point for Theresa MacLean's latest forensic thriller. When she is called in to examine a body found on a building site, she discovers that the headless corpse has been there for more than half a century; and the mutilations performed on the victim are similar to those the infamous killer from the past perpetrated on his victims. Who was this poor man, and what had he done to deserve such a terrible end, his remains locked away for all those years? Flashbacks help to flesh out the victim, making his demise more poignant. And the reader continues to identify with Theresa's personal ups and downs with her child, a possible relationship, and a job that would give even the most intrepid person nightmares.

Bloody good stuff, as Saucy Jack himself might have said.

P.S. Remember the first 2 books in the series, Takeover and Evidence of Murder. She also wrote 2 forensic thrillers under the name of Elizabeth Becka featuring forensic examiner, Evelyn James that are also sleep-killers.
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