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Blunt Impact: 5 Hardcover – 1 April 2013
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"Black handles multiple plots like a pro, building a story with almost as many layers as the new Cleveland jail."
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"The bond that MacLean forms with Ghost lends human interest and few will guess the killer's identity before the final desperate confrontation"
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- ASIN : 072788252X
- Publisher : Severn House Publishers; Main edition (1 April 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780727882523
- ISBN-13 : 978-0727882523
- Dimensions : 14.76 x 2.46 x 21.95 cm
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Now Theresa has another problem. If the killer saw Ghost then the girl has to be in danger. At the moment Ghost is living with her grandmother but the older woman has difficulty keeping track of Ghost, who loves to sneak out at night to roam the streets of town, not realizing she could be in danger. When Ghost takes it upon herself to investigate her mother's murder on her own, Theresa knows she's running out of time to protect the girl. She has to solve the case and fast.
Ghost's character was intriguing and really added to the appeal of the story. I certainly empathize with the loss of her mother and her desire to do something herself to find the killer but her naivete put her in a dangerous position. When her grandmother is attacked and Ghost is almost kidnapped, things really heat up. I definitely recommend this series.
One last issue that I had with the author, or maybe the proof reader, is a glaring grammatical error where the phrase, "could have went" is used. Please, if you are going to make a career of writing or editing what other write, use the language properly.
Black's tales are right up there with Patricia Cornwall and Kathy Reichs as she delves into often gruesome evidence to help track down killers or prove that a death was murder.
Her Cleveland settings, including many of its landmark buildings and a lot of its history, are true to life and Maclean and her cohorts spend a lot of time on the west side of the city whereas most writers snub its eclectic assets in favor of east side snobbery. Previous books in the series have also offered glimpses into Cleveland's storied past - much of it rife with crime.
In her latest forensic thriller, a death at a high-rise construction site in the downtown area proves challenging, not only to the cops and scientists but to a pre-teen known as "Ghost" whose role in the case is crucial. Maclean dives into the quest to determine whether the victim fell, jumped or was she pushed to her death from 30 stories up the unfinished building. In doing so, the investigators must also determine why the victim was in the structure in the middle of the night. A second death in the same building amps up the suspense in this intriguing mystery.
And, a hint to readers, Lisa Black is a pseudonym so if you enjoy Theresa, you might take a look at her earliest books, written as Elizabeth Becka which are just as juicy in offering the reader a forensic fix. .