A young woman is found strangled in the stairwell of a college library, only her sneakers missing. With no physical evidence, no signs of sexual assault, and no witnesses, all the police have to go on are the three men who were in the library with her: her boyfriend and two campus security guards . . . all of whom have secrets, none of whom can be proven guilty.
Five years later, ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, former police officer Rainie Conner, agree to consult on the still-unsolved case, delving into deep background to comb for any clue that will lead to the woman’s murderer. But with no leads and the case colder than the body, will they be able to build a case against one of the three suspects, or is there a fourth man out there? And if the killer has eluded the police this long, how far will he go to ensure justice is never served? (goodreads)
This is a super short story that gives you a peek into the Quincy and Rainie series of books Gardner has out and I have to say, I liked it. So far I’ve only read the DD Warren books and while they’re all interconnected in some way, this series focuses on two different characters in Gardner’s work and they were just as intriguing.
The story focuses on the interrogation of suspects in a cold case and that’s all you get, but I was still riveted by the story. Through her characters Gardner paints incredible scenes. I saw everything playing out as the characters talked and they never left the interrogation rooms. They picked apart stories and the characters leapt onto evidence previously overlooked and word after word it was just hook after hook.
Gardner’s storytelling is evident even in these few short pages and now I have yet more books to add to my reading list. Hooray!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.