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Close to the bone
Black, Lisa, 1963- , author.
[Large print ed.]
Publication Information:
London Severn House Large Print, 2015.

Physical Description:
320 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Standard print edition originally published: 2014. Standard print edition originally published: 2014. Formerly CIP.
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Forensic scientist Theresa MacLean stumbles across a murder rather too close for comfort when she returns to the Medical Examiner's office following a late-night call to find one deskman missing and the other beaten to death. Written in blood above the dead man's head is a single word: 'Confess'.

It's the first time a homicide has taken place actually within the ME's office. Medical Examiner Stone works on how to spin the news while Theresa works the scene.

When a second victim is discovered, Theresa uncovers a link to the death of another co-worker, records secretary Diane Allman, who was murdered in her own home ten years before. As she painstakingly pieces the clues together, Theresa realizes that she has become an integral part of a ruthless killer's murderous agenda. And if she is to survive, she must find out what really happened to Diane all those years ago.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Late one evening, when Cleveland forensic scientist Theresa MacLean returns to her lab, she has no clue that this will be the start of a terrifying episode in her already crazy life. As she enters the building, she finds one of the security guards bludgeoned to death and the other missing. Plus, the word confess is written in blood near the dead guard's body. Then a second victim and a third are found. Theresa is sure there's a link between the killings, but the only connection she can see is that all of the victims worked with her at the medical examiner's office. Eventually, she links the deaths to the murder of Diane Allman, a records secretary at the ME's office who was brutally strangled 10 years earlier. Theresa's sure she knows who the killer is, but proving it is another matter altogether. Taut suspense, a brave and likable heroine, a clever plot, and a slam-bang ending add up to a high-water mark for this popular series.--Melton, Emily Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of Black's intricately plotted seventh Theresa MacLean mystery (after 2013's The Price of Innocence), Theresa arrives early one morning at Cleveland's cash-strapped Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office, where she literally steps into a pool of blood seeping from the fatal wounds of deskman Darryl Johnson. More homicides rapidly follow elsewhere, and Theresa, an intrepid 12-year veteran of the Trace Evidence Department, connects the killings to the decade-old strangling of coworker Diane Allman. Theresa descends Nancy Drew-like into creepy morgue vaults, eludes a lascivious morgue assistant, and ingeniously extricates herself from the trunk of the killer's car, but she overlooks the close attention police sergeant Louis Shephard is paying to the case-and to her. Black, who is a forensic scientist, certainly knows her field; readers should be prepared for medical minutiae and graphic autopsy details that tend toward grisly overkill. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.