Nobody knew who she was, this attractive blonde propped up against a tree in the rain. Nobody knew where she was going on this secluded stetch of the Sunshine Coast highway of British Columbia. But had someone considerately dropped her off here with her hair combed, her face clean, and her throat slashed.
Much as they'd like to, nobody in the sleepy hamlet of Sechelt knows anything about the death. So Staff Sergeant Karl Alberg has to start from scratch. But he finds his mind being distracted by Cassandra Mitchell, the local librarian with whom he has an on-again, off-again relationship, and her infatuation with a flirtatious actor visiting from Los Angeles. As Alberg struggles to separate jealousy from suspicion, the killer stalks the sleepy town, and only another murder can lead Alberg to the horrifying truth.
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L.R. Wright died in February 2001. She is the author of fourteen previous novels. She twice won the Arthur Ellis Award for A Chill Rain in January and for Mother Love, which also won the Canadian Authors Association Award for literary fiction. She received the coveted Edgar Allan Poe Best Novel Award, for The Suspect.From Publishers Weekly:
Excellent writing, inventive plots and realistic characters distinguish Wright's mysteries. In the sequel to her Edgar nominee, The Suspect, Sergeant Karl Alberg of the Mounties is getting nowhere trying to find the killer of an unidentified woman in his small town on the Canadian coast. On the advice of his former lover, Cassandra Mitchell, Alberg asks the high-school art teacher to draw the victim's picture, which leads to her identification. She had been hitchhiking to meet Roger Galbraith, a visiting actor with whom Cassandra is having an affair after jilting Alberg. Galbraith is the prime suspect, but there are others, and the suspense becomes tormenting as the author leads reader through blind alleys and, finally, to an astounding revelation adroitly concealed until the story's close.
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