Alexandra Rafferty works nights for the Miami PD, capturing all the grisly details of crimes scenes on film. She lives with her father, an ex-cop who is slipping into senility, and her louse of a husband, who spends his days dreaming about the perfect crime, and his nights with his mistress. A serial killer is leaving the bodies of young women twisted into strange symbols. Juggling crime photos, Alexandra realizes that the symbols are, in reality, letters of the alphabet -- and that they spell out her name. She suddenly finds herself dealing with her chaotic present and coming to terms with her long-buried past in a dangerous roller coaster ride that takes her from the mean streets of Miami to the Florida panhandle -- and straight into the hands of a killer.
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Of all the crime writers currently mining Florida for fictional gold, James W. Hall is arguably the best at catching that state's unique topographic heartbeat. In his books about beach bum Thorne (including Buzz Cut, Mean High Tide, and Hard Aground), you can smell the ocean mixed in with the blood. Now Hall is starting a new series, about Miami police photographer Alexandra Rafferty, and readers will probably overlook the nagging feeling of some ingredients from other Florida writers tossed into the mix (Elmore Leonard's gallery of colorful sociopaths, Carl Hiaasen's over-the-top quirkiness) because of dead-on descriptions like this: "Jennifer McDougal's small white cottage at 2709 Leafy Way was wedged between two Coconut Grove mansions. To the west was a massive high-tech structure with severe angles, skylights, buttresses, heavy concrete archways, and dozens of columns holding up a grape trellis. A neon flamingo was lit up beside the massive front doors and neon numerals flickered beneath it." Alexandra is a fascinating character, wounded by a childhood rape. Very protective of her ex-policeman father who saved her then and has now slipped into senility, she deliberately keeps her talents and emotions in check. Her husband (one of those lovable Leonard lunatics) is an armored-car driver secretly planning the crime of the century, and the rest of the plot involves the search for a killer of young women who leaves his victims in unusual postures. --Dick AdlerFrom the Publisher:
"Body Language seduces you, then it grabs you, and it never lets you go. This is a first-rate thriller by a masterful writer." --James Patterson
"Alexandra Rafferty is a fabulous addition to the ranks of law enforcement. She is smart, competent, the consummate professional, and her job as a Miami P.D. photographic specialist places her at the crime scene, with a cold eye for detail and a passionate commitment to justice." --Sue Grafton
"Body Language is James Hall showing all his best stuff. Complex and edgy, engrossing and masterful. This book's a cut above the rest. It's his very best." --Michael Connelly
"Hall shows himself to be an ingenious plotter.... In Alex he has created a character to care about." --People "A sizzling tale of sex, blood, and obsession. James Hall just gets better and better." --Stephen Coonts, bestselling author of Fortunes of War
"[James w. Hall] scores big with his villains, who have the delusional capacity of poetry, philosophers and maniacs." --Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
"Like top-drawer Dutch Leonard turned inside out...smart, observant, richly grotesque." --James Ellroy
"Hall nails you to the page until the suspense-laden climax." --Clive Cussler
"This Florida-based thriller gives mystery readers a new heroine--a methodical, nurturing and tenacious Alexandra Rafferty. She is one character with whom you will be pleased to become acquainted..." --The Oakland Press
"A well-plotted mystery...Past hurts and current passions come into play in a riveting way that simply won't allow you to put the book down... We can only hope that...this won't be the last we see of Alexandra Rafferty." --The Tampa Tribune Times
"A strangely exhilarating delicacy...It's almost a disappointment to get to the end of the book " --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Book Description Collins, Great Britain, 1999. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good. 336 pages. Minor water damage to covers and text. Covers have light creasing. Spine has minimal reading creases. Pages are reasonably tanned. When Alexandra Rafferty was a girl, something unspeakably cruel happened to her on a summer afternoon. Only her father knew about it -- or so she thought. Now a forensic photographer for the Miami PD, Alexandra remains haunted by that horrible day, and it colours all of her relationships. Stan, her loutish husband, drives a security van and has his own mindbending agenda. Her not-altogether-there father is more and more dependent and less and less dependable. And her work photographing crime scenes has become a life-consuming obsession. Now Alexandra is about to get caught up in a gruesome series of rape-murders that seem to speak to her long-hidden past. But before she can understand the killer's message, her personal life spins out of control, sending Alexandra on the run -- from her husband, from the crooks after him, from a surprisingly persistent boyfriend, and from a killer who's bent on making sure Alexandra won't live long enough to translate his message. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; Thrillers; ISBN/EAN: 9780002258241. Inventory No: 13060445. The photo of this book is of the actual book for sale. Bookseller Inventory # 13060445