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by Andrea Kane

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

2011 Suspense/Thriller Nominee

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Kane kicks off Forensic Instincts, her new series about a team of maverick investigators, with this fascinating story with sharply drawn characters, fast-paced dialogue, dark and dangerous minds, brilliant methodology and the types of cases mystery readers campaign to get.

After years of coming to terms with her own family’s tragedy, family court judge Hope Willis appears to have it all — a good husband, career and, most of all, her beautiful daughter Krissy. All that’s going to be savaged under a magnifying glass of investigation when Krissy goes missing. Understanding the limits of official channels of investigation better than most, and though her husband is dead-set against it, and knowing that minutes mean everything in the case of a missing child, she hires Forensic Instincts. A group of unique talents — a behaviorist, a former Navy SEAL and a techno genius, not bound by the same rules as law enforcement — they get results. (MIRA, Jun., 400 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Pat Cooper

Publisher: MIRA

Published: June 2011

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4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
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The Girl Who Disappeared Twice

Submitted by Robin in PA on March 21, 2014 - 8:54pm.

Casey Woods is contacted by a frantic Judge Hope Willis who explains that her daughter has been kidnapped and wants Casey's team on the case. Forensic Instincts is a group of experts who aren't afraid to bend the law to get their job done. Now they are helping the police and FBI search for Krissy Willis who was taken from school grounds. Soon Casey and her team are uncovering possible connections to the mob, a possible ransom, and secrets from another kidnapping 30 years ago.

As the team interviews Krissy's parents and nanny, a large suspect list begins to develop. While Casey and her team track down clues and eliminate suspects, they know that the hopes of finding Krissy alive are getting slimmer and slimmer.

This is the first book in the series and we are introduced to many, many characters. Forensic Instincts is a group of private investigators that consists of Casey who is a behaviorist/profiler, Ryan the computer expert, and Marc a former Navy SEAL and ex-FBI agent. They are soon joined by a new member of the team, a bloodhound named "Hero". They are joined by the police, FBI, a clairvoyant, and a former agent who worked on the disappearance of a young girl many years ago. There are so many characters it sometimes was a little hard to remember what each person's role was in the investigation. I enjoyed the book, even though I thought the identity of the kidnapper was obvious. The story was interesting and I still wanted to know the reason behind the girl's disappearance. My rating: 4 Stars.