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Saturday night dates at the skating rink have been a tradition in the small southern town of Heartsdale for as long as anyone can remember, but when a teenage quarrel explodes into a deadly shoot-out, Sara Linton -- the town's pediatrician and medical examiner -- finds herself entangled in a terrible tragedy.

What seemed at first to be a horrific but individual catastrophe proves to have wider implications. The autopsy reveals evidence of long-term abuse, of ritualistic self -mutilation, but when Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver start to investigate, they are frustrated at every turn.

The children surrounding the victim close ranks. The families turn their backs. Then a young girl is abducted, and it becomes clear that the first death is linked to an even more brutal crime, one far more shocking than anyone could have imagined. Meanwhile, detective Lena Adams, still recovering from her sister's death and her own brutal attack, finds herself drawn to a young man who might hold the answers. But unless Lena, Sara, and Jeffrey can uncover the deadly secrets the children hide, it's going to happen again...

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2002.
ISBN: 9780688174590
Characteristics: 341 p. ;,24 cm.


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Feb 14, 2020

Pedophilia and brutal sexual assaults.
Not for me.

Nov 14, 2018

Author lifts whole pages--description or background information--from previous books and pastes it in each later book. Also, there was much too much of the graphic sexual child abuse detailed in this chapter of the Sara Linton story. I can't decide if the author is titillated by disgusting things she writes about or if she is trying to horrify her readers. There is NOTHING cozy about these mysteries.

Nov 28, 2014

Karin Slaughter is not afraid to delve into some deeply dark and disturbing topics. And, in the process, she pulls her readers in tight and won't let go. I'm hooked and looking forward to picking up book 3 in the Grant County series.

Jun 21, 2012

Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and medical examiner finds herself in a terrible case of child abuse. Well put together

Nov 10, 2011

one of her very scariest and best to date

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