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Cold Case

Linda Barnes

Mass Market Paperbound

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Twenty-four years ago, teen prodigy Thea Janis vanished from her upper crust Boston prep school. At first called a runaway, she's later named among the victims of a serial killer, a man doing life in Walpole Prison.

Then a new manuscript appears in her family's mailbox. The words cry out from the printed pages, Thea's voice unmistakable even a quarter century since the girl's mysterious disappearance. A new client bearing a dead man's name turns up in the office of P.I. Carlotta Carlyle, looking for her help in finding whoever is sending the book even if it turns out to be Thea herself.

The investigation leads Carlotta to a prominent Boston family with deep connections and even deeper pockets, and which badly wants the tragic past to stay buried. But after a hit man tries to write his own ending to the saga, the cold case suddenly goes white hot and Carlotta may be the one who ends up getting burned.

Praise For Cold Case

"[A] vivid puzzler and a walloping good read…lay in the supply of midnight oil before you pick up this book." --Albuquerque Journal

"A satisfyingly complex tale!" --Entertainment Weekly

"A must for every mystery fan. Barnes is a master storyteller, and her latest--in a series that just keeps getting better--is a riveting read that is at once poignant, funny, sad, suspenseful, and hopeful." --Booklist

"Barnes continues to write some of the best female detective mysteries on the market today. Readers will dive into the action from start to finish. Carlotta is a great female sleuth and the supporting cast adds dichotomous local color to the tale." --Harriet Klausner, Painted Rock Reviews

"Engrossing….The pages keep turning." --Publishers Weekly

"Compelling." --Kirkus Reviews

"Absorbing . . . Barnes keeps readers flipping pages....The quickly paced tale neatly balances thought and action, past events and present consequences." --Orlando Sentinel

"Cold Case is as good as it gets! Linda Barnes is one of today's best authors, mystery or not. Each new book gives us the best in writing, plot and character development." --Kate's Mystery Books

St. Martin's Press, 9780312932664, 478pp.

Publication Date: November 29, 2005

About the Author

LINDA BARNES is the author of eleven previous Carlotta Carlyle mysteries and winner of the Anthony and American Mystery Awards. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.