Truth Catcher: A Novel of Suspense

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"Fascinating. . . . Handles this touchy material with integrity, tugging on our hearts even as she ties our nerves in knots. Salter writes with chilling authority."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"Salter has graced her protagonist with a compelling and likeable voice in the tradition of Patricia Cornwell."-Library Journal

"An impressive achievement."-Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune

Forensic psychologist Breeze Copens has a gift. She not only hears the truth, she also sees it. So she knows when Daryl Collins-a born-again but remorseless con jailed in Seattle for armed robbery-is lying. What she doesn't know is the identity of the -little girl in a blue dress with yellow daisies who appears suddenly in her line of -vision during her interview with Daryl. And Daryl isn't telling.

A heart-stopping thriller, its twists unexpected, its suspense mounting as the steely Breeze attempts to make hard evidence of her intuition, Truth Catcher sets the leggy, red-haired forensic expert on an increasingly treacherous course. It takes her eventually to Dallas, where she falls headfirst into the investigation of an unsolved murder of a four-year-old girl (in a blue dress with yellow daisies) a decade earlier. More dangerously, it puts her in the path of Daryl's half-brother, a creepy drug lord who goes by the name of Trash.

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Anna Salter is a forensic psychologist with a specialty in assessing and treating sex offenders. She has been a faculty member of the Dartmouth Medical School as well as trained mental health professionals all over the world. She is also the author of four suspense novels, including Prison Blues, which was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award.

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Edgar-finalist Salter, after four books in her Dr. Michael Stone series (Prison Blues, etc.), introduces a heroine with an unusual gift in this solid suspense novel. Breeze Copens, a forensic psychologist specializing in assessing sex offenders, must recommend that Daryl Collins be released from prison because, on paper, he's not a threat. But Breeze is also a synesthete—someone who sees colors and designs when she hears sounds—and may have paranormal powers, so she knows Daryl's dangerous. To prove it, she travels to Dallas, where she meets Daryl's vicious half-brother and partner in crime, Leroy, one of Salter's most sinister villains. Meanwhile, Breeze agrees to care for Lily, the troubled adolescent daughter of her drug-addled childhood friend, Jena. Breeze winds up having to cope with increasing threats from both Leroy and Jena's abusive husband. Despite some clumsy plot devices and weak characterization, the book builds to a satisfying conclusion. The tensions in Breeze's professional life alternate nicely with poetic evocations of the peaceful North Carolina coastal island where she lives. (Feb.)
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