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Lynn Hightower


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The first time Sonora saw the farm, it was dusk, and there were horses running in the paddocks.  It did not seem like the kind of place where a young girl of fifteen could saddle up a horse for an afternoon ride, and never come back...

Joelle Chauncey did not disappear without a trace -- she left blood, and a discarded riding boot.  Cincinnati police detective Sonora Blair, a single parent herself, has a feeling this child is not coming back.  Tracks from a horse trailer indicate both Joelle and the mare she was riding were taken together.  Who was the target--the girl, or the horse?

Nobody saw a thing.  The farm owner, Donna Delaney, was out.  The uncomfortably handsome veterinarian from the farm next door heard nothing.  The girl's father, a single parent, was at work.

Joelle's disappearance is only the beginning ...  and after a grisly mutilation at the barn, no one is getting involved.  But crime talks, and Sonora is led by an eerie and unsettling presence, a killer wrapped in layers of internal conflict, a killer who will follow a bizarre path of good and evil, and dark compulsion.   No Good Deed is the story of a child's brutal abduction . . . a lover's betrayal . . . and a good cop's journey into the darkness.

Delacorte Press, 9780385323598, 336pp.

Publication Date: April 13, 1998

About the Author

Lynn S. Hightower is the author of three previous novels, including "Satan's Lambs, " which won the 1994 Shamus Award. An author who produces "miraculously fresh and harrowing" fiction ("Kirkus"), she is a genuine talent whose gritty, powerful voice and outstanding forensic knowledge recall the work of Patricia Cornwell. She's trailed homicide cops and witnessed an autopsy firsthand to ensure the authenticity of her stories. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.