Tim Hess is a semiretired veteran cop staring at a death sentence - his own. Detective Merci Rayborn, young enough to be his daughter, is brash, impatient, and not someone from whom Hess wants to be taking orders. He certainly isn't planning on falling in love with her....
Together, they must track down a psychopathic killer who's been abducting beautiful young women from the malls of Orange County. Dubbed the "Purse Snatcher" for the chilling way he brags about his shockingly distinctive crimes, he is one of T. Jefferson Parker's most original creations.
"Ingenious, intricate, complicated yet credible, a real page-turner. There are leaks, leads, false leads, and an express train of an ending. Within the crackling tale, a quieter current carries an unforeseen and ill-starred love affair. A man much praised doesn't need more encomiums; T. Jefferson Parker deserves all he gets." (Los Angeles Times)
"One of Parker's best - and that's a major statement considering his track record." (Chicago Tribune)
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Outstanding book, exceptional reader
Mixed feelings, ending was bad, very bad
It is very unlikely I would try another Parker book. I seek out Tavia Gilbert. She is why I bought the book and I think it might have been on sale. I wouldn't seek out Parker.
I have listened to many of her books. She did well with this one. Her Night Huntress books are a work of art. In those she played many characters and you wouldn't know it was one person doing all the voices and languages.
The last chapter, it was frustrating, disappointing and just bad.
If this is your first Tavia book, try others. She is an amazing performer.