Defensive Wounds: A Novel of Suspense (Hardcover)
A Novel of Suspense
William Morrow, 9780061989414, 352pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
In this fourth novel in Lisa Blacks captivating suspense series, forensic investigator Theresa MacLean finds herself embroiled in a case in which everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspectespecially when high-powered defense attorneys start turning up dead.
When Marie Corrigan, a Cleveland defense attorney with a history of falsifying evidence and no shortage of enemies, is found dead in the presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton, most people would agree that she had it coming. Forensic investigator Theresa MacLean is summoned to the crime scene by her daughter, Rachel, who is working the front desk. But even before Theresa enters the room, she knows that shes walking into a forensic nightmarefor crime scenes at hotels, even the most luxurious, are teeming with trace evidence that has been left behind by innumerable guests and may or may not be related to the murder. But what Theresa finds is even worse than she imagined.
Given the positioning of Maries body, everyone assumes the same thingthat its a lovers tryst turned lethal. But large questions remain: How did the killer gain access to the room without anyones knowledge? And has the scene been staged for their benefit? The little evidence Theresa has is conflicting at best. Whats more, a legal convention at the hotel provides an endless list of suspectsand potential victims.
When two more bodies show up in quick succession, each in a similar state, Theresas investigation takes on a whole new urgency as she fears they may have a serial killer on their handsa serial killer with a vendetta. But as she searches for the threads that tie the cases together, Theresa begins to suspect that she and her daughter are closer to danger than they realize. And a mother will stop at nothing to protect the life of her child.