Land of Shadows

Land of Shadows

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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"A fresh voice in crime fiction. Fast, funny, heartbreaking and wise...Elouise Norton is the best new character you'll meet this year." --Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author, on Rachel Howzell Hall's Land of Shadows

Along the ever-changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen-year-old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit. Homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton's new partner, Colin Taggert, fresh from the comparatively bucolic Colorado Springs police department, assumes it's a teenage suicide. Lou isn't buying the easy explanation.
For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self-made millionaire. . .and the man who may have murdered Lou's missing sister, Tori, thirty years ago. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical.
Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique's case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice. . .before Lou becomes his next victim?

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765336354
0765336359
Branch Call Number: HAL
Characteristics: 317 pages

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JessicaGma Feb 20, 2018

A gritty read featuring an African American female lead. The story was good, and I liked the main character as far too often, the only females you see in mysteries are victims and sort of amorphous love interests. Lou had a strong voice, and the resolution of the contemporary and past cases were chilling. Highly recommended.

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athena14
Dec 15, 2014

This LAPD detective is way too sassy and smartass for me.

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emerge
May 18, 2014

A gritty, stylish police procedural/thriller that keeps you turning the pages.
It features LAPD homicide Det. Lou Norton & her partner Colin Taggert as they investigate the death of a teenage girl.
The case is linked with the disappearance of Lou's sister 25 years ago & there are some surprising revelations in store.
The prose is fluid, atmospheric & infused with a wry, acerbic humour as the story is told mostly from Lou's POV. There's a refreshing lack of stereotypes among the characters, especially with how the cops are portrayed. (No iconoclastic loners with bar stools named after them.)
Satisfying thriller with a smart, capable protagonist & a truly creepy bad guy.

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