THE FOURTH VICTIM
Quinn has gone over the top this time, with a first-class storyline, sharply defined characters and a shocking climax that will have readers heaving a sigh of relief when it’s over. There’s no doubt that The Fourth Victim is the best in the Chapman Files series so far, and readers can only hope Quinn’s got more in store.
Kelly Chapman, psychologist and expert witness, is missing from Chandler, Ohio, and the feds and local cops are wondering where she is, who has her and, maybe more importantly, what they want. Was she taken in retribution for past testimony, or could she be the next victim in an ongoing serial killer case? And is she even still alive? Kelly may be single, but she’s committed to helping her community, her patients, friends and, mostly, her foster daughter Maggie, the troubled young woman she’s taken in, and there are many people who are willing to do anything to find her.
FBI agent Clay Thatcher’s specialty is missing persons. A loner and dedicated to his job, Clay finds Kelly becoming more than just another case to him as he races against an unknown time clock to find her. (MIRA, Dec., 336 pp., $7.99)