"Now living in a houseboat on the River Thames, Lacey Flint is becoming a part of London's weird and wonderful riverboat community. But at dawn one hot summer morning, Lacey finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the river. She assumes it was chance--after all she's recently joined the marine policing unit--but further investigation leads her team to suspect it was deliberately left for her to find. She is no longer a detective, but as she begins to suspect someone is watching her very closely, she can't help but be drawn into the investigation. Award-winning author Sharon Bolton has once again crafted a tightly-plotted, utterly unpredicatable thriller around one of the most compelling characters in crime fiction today, enigmatic London police officer Lacey Flint"-- - (Baker & Taylor)
Living in a houseboat on the River Thames, former detective Lacey Flint finds a shrouded body in the river only to discover that she is being watched by a dark adversary. By the award-winning author of Sacrifice. 40,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
When Lacey Flint finds the body of a shrouded woman in the river, the investigation leads her marine policing team to suspect it was deliberately left for her to find. - (Baker & Taylor)
Lacey Flint, Sharon Bolton's enigmatic protagonist, has been living in a houseboat on the River Thames, and she's becoming a part of London's weird and wonderful riverboat community. Against her friends' better judgment, she's taken up swimming in the Thames, and she feels closer than ever to Detective Mark Joesbury, despite his involvement in a complicated undercover case. For the first time in her life, as she recovers from the trauma of the last few months, Lacey begins to feel almost happy.
Then, at dawn one hot summer morning while swimming down the river, Lacey finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the water. She assumes it was chance--after all, she's recently joined the marine policing unit, and she knows how many dead bodies are pulled out of the river every year, most the result of tragic accidents. But further investigation leads her policing team to suspect the woman's body was deliberately left for Lacey to find. Lacey's no longer a homicide detective, but as she begins to notice someone keeping a strangely close eye on her, she's inexorably drawn into the investigation.
Award-winning author Sharon Bolton has once again crafted a tightly plotted, utterly unpredictable thriller around one of the most compelling characters in crime fiction today, intensely private London police officer Lacey Flint, whose penchant for keeping secrets is only matched by her determination to uncover those of others. - (McMillan Palgrave)
Still unsettled by her experiences as a detective constable, quick-witted Lacey Flint, last seen in Lost (2013), returns to work, she's now assigned to London's river police. While swimming in the Thames, she comes across the bloated corpse of young woman, wrapped in linen, who turns out to be from a particular region of Afghanistan, which leads Lacey to recall her rescue of another young woman, from the same region, who was smuggled into London some months before. Lacey soon finds herself working alongside her old detective colleagues, her willful disregard for procedure driving her superior nuts. Thanks to Lacey, more bodies are recovered from the Thames, and Lacey once again lands in the middle of a particularly baffling mystery. The obstinate yet emotionally vulnerable Lacey, who made her first appearance in Now You See Me (2011), remains a strong character, but this time her fans will need a bit of patience to negotiate the plethora of sometimes confusing twists and turns. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Deeply troubled by her last case involving child murder (Lost), London constable Lacey Flint seeks some peace by moving to a houseboat on the River Thames. Soon, however, she discovers a decomposing body in the river—and then she finds more of them. On examination, all appear to be the bodies of immigrant women who have been drowned, wrapped in linen shrouds, and left in a macabre underwater graveyard for Lacey to find. With her undercover cop boyfriend accused of murder and her boss leery of her involvement in yet another homicide case, Lacey is left on her own to discover the identity of the serial killer before she becomes the next victim. VERDICT Bolton, also well known as S.J. Bolton, has written several stand-alones as well as three earlier Lacey Flint mysteries. She delights in a kind of gothic horror, weaving suspenseful tales featuring complex, often tormented characters. Readers can expect many details about Afghan immigrants, the Thames, and esoteric medical conditions, but the focus remains on Lacey. Just as readers think they know the killer's identity, there is another shocking twist in this sometimes melodramatic but always gripping tale by a master of the genre. [See Prepub Alert, 1/6/14; "Editors' Spring Picks," LJ 2/15/14; library marketing.]—Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
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