A FAINT COLD FEAR
The third installment in Slaughter's series has Georgia M.E. Dr. Sara Linton investigating an apparent jumping suicide at a college campus. Sara's pregnant sister, Tessa, joins her at the crime scene, where she's stabbed repeatedly.
As Tessa fights for her life, Sara joins forces with ex-husband Jeffrey, the county's chief of police, to find out if Tessa and the college student were attacked by the same person. While the body count rises, Sara and Jeffrey dance around the intimacy of their relationship. Readers glimpse at their complex past and its effect on a possible future together.
Though the presence of characters from previous novels could confuse new readers at first, Slaughter gradually brings them into this story, especially Lena Adams, once Jeffrey's detective and now a campus cop, who becomes entangled in the murders.
The no-holds-barred details of these horrific crimes are brought to light with an explosive conclusion.With a protagonist who's as real as they come—sensitive and loyal to her family as well as to her profession—Slaughter is in a category all her own. (Oct., 352 pp., $24.95)