Heart of a Killer
By David Rosenfelt
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312598372, 304pp.)
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
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Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm. It’s not that he isn’t smart. He is. It’s just that hard work, not to mention the whole legal thing, isn’t exactly his passion. Underachiever? A little. Content? Right up until the firm puts him on a case that turns his whole world upside down.
Sheryl Harrison has served four years of a thirty-year murder sentence for killing her husband, who she claims was abusive. The case is settled---there shouldn’t be anything for Jamie to do---except Sheryl’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Karen, is sick. She has a congenital heart defect and will die without a transplant. Her blood type is rare, making their chances of finding a matching donor remote at best. Sheryl wants to be that donor for her daughter, and Jamie is in way over his head. Suicide, no matter the motive, is illegal. So with Sheryl on suicide watch, Jamie’s only shot at helping her and saving Karen is to reopen the murder case, prove Sheryl’s innocence, and get her freed so that she can pursue her plan on her own.
Heart of a Killer---a gripping story of an ordinary man faced with an impossible situation---is the most powerful and shocking thriller yet from David Rosenfelt, a true master of the genre.
David Rosenfelt is the Edgar and Shamus Award--nominated author of nine Andy Carpenter novels, most recently One Dog Night, and three previous stand-alones. He and his wife recently moved to Maine with the twenty-seven golden retrievers they have rescued and rehabilitated over the years.
Praise for David Rosenfelt
“David Rosenfelt’s series, featuring wisecracking Paterson attorney Andy Carpenter, is two parts John Grisham and one part Dave Barry. . . . More murders and plot twists advance the story to an exciting conclusion involving homeland security, making this the best, most complex legal thriller in the series.”
---The Star-Ledger on One Dog Night
“A blessed anomaly in crime fiction . . . Andy is like a gulp of cold water on a steamy day. . . . Rosenfelt peels back the layers of puzzlement ever so skillfully, tantalizing us throughout until, finally, both Andy and the reader are enlightened simultaneously. A gem.”
---Booklist (starred review) on One Dog Night
“An absolutely irresistible hook . . . No one who picks up this greased-lightning account will rest till it’s finished.”
---Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on On Borrowed Time
“Dynamite thriller . . . Rosenfelt’s sly humor, breathless pacing, and terrific plot twists keep the pages spinning toward the showdown on New Year’s Eve in Times Square.”
---Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Down to the Wire
“[Rosenfelt] has pulled together a cynical political thriller that rings true in this age of terrorism, media hype, and Washington scandals.”
---Minneapolis Star Tribune on Don’t Tell a Soul
“This fast-paced and brightly written tale spins along. . . . Don’t Tell a Soul is a humdinger.”
---St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Don’t Tell a Soul