A new detective series in the style of Prime Suspect from a great new talent from the UK. A series of deaths -- apparent suicides -- of vulnerable young girls is baffling police in London: the bodies are found in the naves of churches after having fallen from a great height. Thanks to a badly-handled leak, the press are all clamoring for a serial killer called The Bridegroom, and amidst the maelstrom of conflicting theories from the media, criminal profilers, politically competitive colleagues and the general circus surrounding a major murder enquiry, the chilling deaths mount up... Elena Forbes writes the kind of creepy and atmospheric crime novel that we love, populated by a cast of fresh and engaging characters: Mark Tartaglia, the Italian-Scottish detective whose good looks get him in to all sorts of trouble, and whose single status is a constant challenge for his sociable sister and extended family; his spiky yet emotionally intelligent colleague Sam Donovan; and his old boss Trevor Clarke, who tries to give Mark good advice while lying in a hospital bed . Together they are piecing together evidence that will lead them to the worst kind of serial killer, one for whom the hunt for a victim and the crime squad's hunting of him are both an equally seductive and irresistible game.
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Elena Forbes has lived most of her life in London. After reading Modern Languages at Bristol University she worked as a portfolio manager for international investment banks. She now writes full time and lives in Notting Hill with her husband and two children. The first chapter and synopsis of Die With Me was shortlisted for a debut dagger in 2005.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* A murderer is loose on the streets of London, and it's up to Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia to find him before he takes another innocent life. The perpetrator DI Tartaglia seeks is both sinister and smart, as evidenced by his MO: he convinces lonely, depressed women to join him in a suicide pact, then kills them instead. ("Tom"—as he calls himself—commiserates with his suggestible victims over the Internet, lures them to a balcony or bridge, then pushes them to their deaths). DI Tartaglia believes in following his hunches. But his trademark confidence is rattled when his ailing chief inspector is replaced by one Carolyn Steele, smart, experienced, and as seemingly unflappable as her name suggests. DCI Steele hardly fosters goodwill when she hires a slick psychological profiler. But when she begins receiving chilling e-mails from "Tom," Tartaglia and his colleagues realize they must set their feelings aside and crack the case—posthaste. A failed romance with a forensic pathologist only adds to the hardships faced by Tartaglia, who is forever dodging his sister's efforts to set him up. British debut author Forbes, a former investment banker, renders crisp prose, a clever plot, and an unsettling portrait of a charismatic psychopath. She is definitely one to watch. Block, Allison
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