The Gift of Darkness

The Gift of Darkness

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In Seattle's upscale Blueridge neighborhood, James Sinclair, his wife Anne, and their two small boys are found brutally murdered in their home. Their bodies are carefully laid out: blindfolded, hands tied, and crosses drawn in blood across their foreheads. Above the bedroom door, the words "thirteen days" are scratched into the frame. At the same time, a card with the words "thirteen days" written on it is delivered to the office of powerful lawyer Nathan Quinn, a partner at Sinclair's law firm.

From the evidence found at the scene, rookie homicide detective Alice Madison and her seasoned partner Detective Sergeant Brown determine that the prime suspect is John Cameron, a fugitive long wanted for the infamous Nostromo killings. But only Cameron's attorney knows his whereabouts, and though the clock is ticking, he seems more interested in protecting his client than preventing another murder. That attorney is none other than Nathan Quinn.

Madison and Brown discover the three men are linked in other ways, too. Years ago, when they were just boys, Sinclair, Cameron, and Quinn's younger brother David were abducted. Blindfolded and taken to the woods near the Hoh River, on the picturesque Olympic Peninsula, the three boys endured a night of terror. Only Sinclair and Cameron survived. With no other witnesses, the case went unsolved and David's body was never found.

After a savage attack that leaves Brown in the hospital and Madison working alone, she discovers a flaw in the investigation that puts her at odds with the department brass. To stop the killer, Madison must go back into the woods and confront the unsolved mystery of the Hoh River Boys. She must forget her training and follow her instincts to the terrifying end, even as enemies become allies in the fight against the terrible darkness descending over them all.

Baker & Taylor
In the aftermath of a Seattle lawyer's ritualistic murder, rookie homicide detective Alice Madison and her seasoned partner Detective Sergeant Brown discover unsettling childhood links between the victim, his law partner, and his killer.

Baker
& Taylor

In the aftermath of a Seattle lawyer's ritualistic murder, rookie homicide detective Alice Madison and her seasoned partner Detective Sergeant Brown discover unsettling childhood links between the victim, his law partner and his killer. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : Quercus, 2014, c2013
ISBN: 9781623658489
Branch Call Number: FIC GIA
Characteristics: 483 p. ;,24 cm.

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athena14
Mar 14, 2015

Kirkus got it right: "A forgettable effort that could have been better with tighter writing and ruthless editing." Yet another warped genius serial killer. And why snow in Seattle?

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bytheedges
Mar 05, 2015

200 pages into a book is usually not where i want to give up on it, but indeed i did. The main character narrative (the detective) is boring, flat, and uninteresting, I have no idea who she is, and the one small peek into her past is so briefly pursued that it doesn't keep me motivated to push through. The two narratives running parallel to the detective are/is only a tad more interesting, the nameless killer narrative was edging out the main story and even that was pretty dull. Even when there was action, there was no action. This book just sat there and so did the story.
Bad. If i give up on a book you know its bad

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