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Chasing darkness
Girard, Danielle.
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Publication Information:
New York : New American Library, [2002]

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357 pages ; 18 cm
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"An Onyx book."
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A tough special agent with the Department of Justice, and a dedicated single mother to her orphaned nephews, Sam Chase is unbreakable. Until two women are discovered strangled, both from the shadows of Samrsquo;s past. For Sam, the most unnerving detail is the eucalyptus branch tucked behind the victimsrsquo; ears-the signature of a notorious serial murderer already convicted and executed for his crimes. To Lieutenant Nick Thomas, the only link to the copycat killings is Sam herself. And when she becomes the target of threats-each one more menacing than the last-his feelings for her just might jeopardize the case. But to understand the killerrsquo;s twisted motive is to explore Samrsquo;s past, and a crime shersquo;s spent a lifetime trying to buryhellip;

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this taut psychological thriller, Girard (Ruthless Game) portrays the effects of child abuse with clarity and honesty, demonstrating how some victims turn into victimizers while others choose to guard the innocent. Samantha Chase, a special agent for the Department of Justice and a former homicide detective, spends her time apprehending child abusers and caring for her orphaned twin nephews. At all times she represses her own traumatic childhood experiences and maintains an aloof distance from her colleagues, friends and family. But when a copycat killer begins targeting women who are connected to Sam through her cases, her life starts to unravel. Her colleagues wonder what she's hiding behind her icy veneer could she be a rogue cop? and a single-minded police chief who's convinced of her guilt is determined to put her away. Sam's primary ally is her ex-lover, Detective Nick Thomas, but his lingering affection for her may place her life in jeopardy. As Sam and Nick come nearer to uncovering the killer, disturbing secrets about Sam's past and her nephews' bleak childhood come to light. Girard maintains the novel's swift pacing and high tension, but a too perfect denouement detracts from the stark, realistic canvas she has created. Still, this is a compelling thriller and a skillful treatment of a difficult topic. (Mar. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved