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Title:
Perish
Author:
Black, Lisa, 1963- author.
ISBN:
9781496713544
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Edition:
First Kensington hardcover edition.
Physical Description:
320 pages ; 22 cm.
Series:
A Gardiner and Renner thriller

Gardiner and Renner thriller.
Abstract:
The scene of the crime is lavish but gruesome. In a luxurious mansion on the outskirts of Cleveland, a woman's body lies gutted in a pool of blood on the marble floor. The victim is Joanna Moorehouse, founder of Sterling Financial. The killer could be any one of her associates. Only Maggie recognizes the blood-soaked handiwork of a killer who has committed the most heinous of crimes--and will continue killing until he is stopped. Burdened with unbearable secrets, Maggie must make an agonizing choice, while her conscience keeps telling her: she's next.--Provided by Publisher.

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Summary

Summary

The scene of the crime is lavish but gruesome. In a luxurious mansion on the outskirts of Cleveland, a woman's body lies gutted in a pool of blood on the marble floor. The victim is Joanna Moorehouse, founder of Sterling Financial. The killer could be any one of her associates.

Maggie knows that to crack the case, she and Jack will have to infiltrate the cutthroat world of high-stakes finance. But the offices of Sterling Financial seethe with potential suspects, every employee hellbent on making a killing. When another officer uncovers disturbing evidence in a series of unrelated murders, the investigation takes a surprising detour.

Only Maggie recognizes the blood-soaked handiwork of a killer who has committed the most heinous of crimes-and will continue killing until he is stopped. Burdened with unbearable secrets, Maggie must make an agonizing choice, while her conscience keeps telling her- she's next .


Author Notes

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black introduced the characters of Maggie Gardiner and Jack Renner in her acclaimed suspense novel That Darkness and continued their story in Unpunished. a She is the author of seven novels in the Theresa MacLean mystery series and two novels written as Elizabeth Becka. As a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes. Now she is a latent print examiner and CSI for the Cape Coral Police Department in Florida, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.
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Lisa is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and is a Certified Latent Print Examiner. She has testified in court as an expert witness over sixty-five times. Her books have been translated into six languages.aShe lives near Fort Myers, Florida. Visit her on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.lisa-black.com.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In bestseller Black's uneven third thriller to feature Cleveland forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner (after 2017's Unpunished), Maggie is horrified to see 28-year-old Joanna Moorehouse, the owner of mortgage banking firm Sterling Financial, lying gutted in the living room of her spotless home, but the most surprising aspect about the murder is the lack of evidence at the crime scene. Maggie's got a tough job ahead of her, and Joanna's employees at Sterling aren't exactly the most forthcoming. Maggie's colleagues, detectives Jack Renner and Thomas Riley, begin digging into Sterling, and a pattern of corruption emerges. Another, identical killing kicks the case into overdrive. Meanwhile, Maggie is struggling with a dark secret involving Jack, one that ex-husband Rick, a cop, may soon uncover. Black packs the formulaic plot full of fascinating forensic science and an eye-opening deep dive into predatory mortgage-lending practices. But after such an extensive buildup, the pedestrian denouement comes as a disappointment. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

The brutal murder of Joanna Moorehouse sends Detectives Thomas Riley and Jack Renner following the money. There's a lot to follow because Moorehouse discovered eviscerated in her Cleveland mansion led Sterling Financial, which built its success on the backs of unwary customers seeking mortgage loans. Some former customers have sued the firm, and others are currently conducting organized protests. Within days, two other women working at Sterling are killed in the same manner by someone who manages to leave no traces for forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner to uncover. The uneasy alliance between Gardiner and Renner continues in this third entry in the series, after Unpunished (2017), as the current case takes a turn that casts dark light on Gardiner's personal life. Black's research of the 2008 financial crisis shows in details that may delight business types but may slow the action for others. Still, the plot hurtles to an adrenaline-fueled conclusion that is sure to hook Black's devoted readership.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2017 Booklist