Image of All The Pretty Girls (A Taylor Jackson Novel)


Image of All The Pretty Girls (A Taylor Jackson Novel)

Ellison's debut novel is relentlessly paced and intricately plotted -- and it features a villain who will have readers looking over their shoulders, even in the daylight.

Young women are dying, and not just in Nashville. The killer is leaving behind a bizarre calling card with each corpse: the previous victim's hand. Homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson is working the case the media has dubbed the "Southern Strangler," but even with the help of Taylor's friend and lover, FBI profiler John Baldwin, she and her officers are stumped. There's little forensic evidence and no witnesses.

It's not until a local TV reporter dies in an accident that they get a break. But by then, the killer's violence has increased and become more frequent. Stopping him is imperative -- but how? (MIRA, Nov., 416 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith