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BREAKNECK
by Erica Spindler

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

2009 Suspense/Thriller Nominee

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Filled with well-developed, multidimensional characters, Spindler's latest boasts fast-paced action and emotional tension. The high-tech crime is explained clearly, and the background information is imparted in a way that doesn't detract from the pace. The friendship between the lead female detectives adds a very human element that is often short-shrifted in thrillers. The intricately woven plot makes this novel a sure winner for readers who like to keep guessing all the way to the end.

Detectives M.C. Riggio and Kitt Lundgren scramble to solve a series of murders that involve members of M.C.'s family. They're looking for a serial killer who strikes with chilling efficiency. Initially the only thing linking the crimes are missing computers and cell phones, but then they discover the victims are members of a group of criminal hackers.

They suspect that the hackers' ringleader may be killing to protect his or her identity. M.C. struggles to stay objective as people close to her are implicated in the hacking ring, then become victims. The detectives race
to find the killer before he or she kills again. (ST. MARTIN'S, Jan., 320 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed By: Roseann Marlett

Publisher: ST. MARTIN'S

Published: January 2009

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