December 2008 Indie Next List
“FBI agent and forensic artist, Sydney Fitzpatrick is a 'by-the-book' agent until she goes against orders, delves into her father's murder, and discovers the possible innocence of the killer who is on death row. Burcell's characters are extremely engaging and knowledgeable, and you will want to read her earlier books.”
— Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
Facts lie . . . Two decades after the murder that shattered her world, FBI agent and forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick confronts her father's killer face to face. But the inmate who's scheduled to be executed for the crime is not what she expected. Heightening Sydney's unease, she receives a photograph sent to her by a man just prior to his suicide, causing her to question everything she believed about her father. Now she wants the truth—no matter where it's hidden, no matter how painful . . . or dangerous. But Sydney Fitzpatrick is about to trespass on sacred ground. And being a federal agent will offer her no security or shelter if it's her own government that wants her dead.
About the Author
Robin Burcell is an FBI-trained forensic artist who has worked in law enforcement for over two decades as a police officer, detective, and hostage negotiator. A two-time Anthony Award winner, she is the author of four Sydney Fitzpatrick novels The Black List, The Dark Hour, The Bone Chamber, and Face of a Killer as well as four novels featuring SFPD homicide detective Kate Gillespie: Every Move She Makes, Fatal Truth, Deadly Legacy, and Cold Case.
“Big story + great character + relentless suspense + expert insider knowledge = one really terrific thriller.”
-Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of Nothing to Lose
“Robin Burcell kicks off a new series character with her trademark authenticity, wit, and pure story-telling prowess. Burcell scores big with this one—it’s a real winner!”
-John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of Betrayal
“Robin Burcell is among the best writers of crime fiction. This book has it all—characters you care about, a complex plot, great pacing, and plenty of intriguing forensic detail. I can’t wait for the next entry in the Sydney Fitzpatrick series.”
-Jan Burke, Edgar-winning author of Kidnapped and The Messenger