A superb stand-alone thriller from Edgar Award-winning author Steve Hamilton Joe Trumble is a probation officer with a tragedy in his past. Two years ago his fiancee Laurel was brutally killed three days before their wedding. No one has yet been caught. As the story opens, Joe is heading for a blind date with Marlene, a jewellery designer, his ...
A superb stand-alone thriller from Edgar Award-winning author Steve Hamilton Joe Trumble is a probation officer with a tragedy in his past. Two years ago his fiancee Laurel was brutally killed three days before their wedding. No one has yet been caught. As the story opens, Joe is heading for a blind date with Marlene, a jewellery designer, his first encounter with a woman since Laurel's death. The evening is a success, but the next day Marlene is reported missing. Two days later her body is found. As the last person to see her alive, Joe is at the very least a material witness and, as the evidence mounts and another body is found, suspicion begins to centre on him.
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Publishers Weekly, 2007-07-09 Edgar-winner Hamilton's first stand-alone crime thriller falls short of his excellent Alex McKnight series (A Stolen Season, etc.). When Joe Trumbull, a juvenile probation officer in Kingston, N.Y., finally decides to socialize two years after his fiance's murder, his blind date winds up strangled to death hours after their meeting. The local police chief calls in a pair of state detectives, who make Joe their prime suspect after two more woman are murdered who recently had contact with him. A loner beset by nightmares living in a messy apartment above the gym where he boxes to keep in shape, Joe begins to investigate to clear his name. Though the usually reliable Hamilton nicely evokes life in Kingston and the Hudson River landscape, this search for a psychopathic killer disappoints with repetitive dead ends and a clichd wounded protagonist who brings on the terrifying climax by working with no backup. Author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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