When D.C. crime scene analyst Dr. Ellie Carr is called to investigate the heartrending case of a missing baby, she’s shocked to discover that the child’s mother is her own cousin. Close during their impoverished childhoods, Ellie and Rebecca eventually drifted apart. Rebecca is now half of a Washington power couple, and she and her wealthy lobbyist husband, Hunter, have been living a charmed life in an opulent mansion—until their infant son is taken.
“Every contact leaves a trace.” That’s the basic principle of forensic science followed by pathologist Dr. Rachael Davies. A reluctant Ellie is teamed with Rachael, employed by Hunter to help with the investigation. Rachael is assistant dean at the prestigious Locard Forensic Institute, named in honor of the French criminologist who inspired the profession. But in this case, discovering where those traces lead quickly becomes a dangerous journey through a web of greed and deadly ambition.
At first antagonists, then allies, Ellie and Rachael race to find the baby alive and bring the kidnappers to justice. What seemed like a simple ransom grab reveals links to a lobbying effort to loosen regulations on a billion-dollar gaming empire. Unless they can piece together the evidence before the Senate hearing, Rebecca’s son—and others like him—will face an unthinkable fate.
Publishers Weekly on Red Flags
-- Jeff Lindsay, author of Dexter and Riley Wolfe series.
"This is a one-sitting read!" - Jeffery Deaver, about Let Justice Descend.
"First-rate plotting and a compelling cast of characters." - Kirkus [starred review] of Every Kind of Wicked.
"Black keeps the suspense high throughout." -- Publisher's Weekly, about Suffer the Children
"As always with Black, this psychological suspense is incredible." --Suspense Magazine, about Perish
"The surprising ending is sure to keep readers coming back for more." - Booklist, about That Darkness
"She is, quite simply, one of the best storytellers around." -- Tess Gerritsen, about Trail of Blood
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