That Darkness

That Darkness

Book - 2016
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 "A taut and haunting story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it." --Jeff Lindsay, creator of the DEXTER series

For Cleveland forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner, dead bodies are part of the job. It's the mind of a killer that keeps her awake at night . . .
When Maggie Gardiner notices a connection between the battered body of a young girl left in a cemetery and a career criminal shot in an alley, she must follow a trail no one else wants to see, picking up crumbs of evidence that no one else notices.
Jack Renner is accustomed to being the hunter, not the hunted. He kills to make the world a safer place--even if that makes it a more dangerous one for Maggie. He will not let her stop him.
One body at a time, Maggie circles in on a killer. But it's what she find inside herself that will bring the terrible truth to light . . .
Publisher: New York : Kensington Books, 2016.
Edition: First Kensington Hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781496706003
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 22 cm


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agkersh Apr 26, 2016

That Darkness (Gardiner and Renner, #1) by Lisa Black is the first book in a new series featuring forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner and Homicide Detective Jack Renner, who happens to be a vigilante killer on the side. (This is not a spoiler, it is in the book description.) Just like Ms. Black’s other series, this one is also set in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and it is very accurately portrayed.
Maggie is obsessed with every little detail of her job and has no life outside of work. When corpses start turning up with the same mode of death, she starts to suspect a serial killer. All of the bodies except one belong to life-long criminals which makes her fear a vigilante is operating in Cleveland and could possibly be a member of the police force.
Jack is on a mission to avenge a death in his past and as long he is searching for his prey, he feels the need to eliminate others who he knows from research will violently offend again. Jack knows Maggie is like a dog with a bone about the similar cases and hopes to find and complete his final mission before he has to leave town.
Once again Ms. Black gives her readers a book with very descriptive forensic details. The plot flows at a steady pace throughout the story. My only problem was that as interesting as I found Jack’s character and the debate about vigilantism, Maggie’s character was not very developed. I will be continuing with future books and hope that Maggie evolves more fully and I also want to know how Jack is handled.

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