DONNA J. THOMPSON
Julie Cromwell is a selfish, manipulative, and insecure woman, and those are her qualities. She sets up a fake kidnapping to see if her husband will pay a million dollars for her safe return. Something goes wrong, and she winds up dead. That’s the first plot twist, but certainly not the last.
Enter Karl Larkin and his partner, Ted Cramer. They are a team who refuse to let sleeping dogs lie. They begin rattling the skeletons in the family’s closet. Larkin soon finds himself breaking his number one rules: Never get involved with the family you are investigating, and never, never fall in love with your prime suspect.
“I paint pictures with words, detective. When a reader tells me they couldn’t put my book down. That is when I know I have done my job as a writer,” Cassie said. “When does it happen for you, detective?”
“Every time I look into the eyes of one of my victims, I make them a promise. When I bring the killer to justice, that is when my job is finished.”
When beautiful Psychologist Casey West goes to Detective Karl Larkin with a wild story about the mental hospital where she works, he quickly dismisses it. He has worked in Springfield for twenty years and Lakeview has never had a complaint lodged against it. But when Casey’s friend, a nurse named Trudy Madison, is brutally murdered and the management’s story doesn’t agree with the evidence, Detective Larkin begins to think Casey’s story doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore. Having friends in high places, Jerry Connors, who runs Lakeview, uses his influence to stop the detective’s investigation. Casey then begs Larkin to allow her to become his eyes and ears inside of the place. Will she help him crack the case, or will she wind up dead like her friend?