In Blunt Impact Theresa is caught in the knot of unlikely and conflicting human beings surrounding a tough but endangered little girl named Anna, better known as Ghost.
Ghost has a unique lifestyle, loved by her construction worker mother and disabled grandmother but constantly slipping out of her home to roam the back alleys of the large city. Nothing all that bad ever happens—until she witnesses her mother’s murder, as the beautiful young woman is thrown from the unfinished 23rd floor. Ghost will not rest until she learns the truth, which means that Theresa cannot rest until Ghost is safe.
The building itself is in turmoil, torn by controversy over its purpose as a new county jail. Add in OSHA whistleblowers and missing money, criminal elements using the site for their own purposes and a homely but smart district attorney who becomes more interested in Theresa than the intrigue, and Theresa has no choice but to hang on tight as she dangles over the abyss.

Publisher's Weekly reports: "The bond that MacLean forms with Ghost lends human interest and few will guess the killer’s identity before the final desperate confrontation..."

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"Lisa Black writes with immediacy and unmatched authenticity, and Trail of Blood is a terrific story, too -- her best yet!"– Jeff Lindsay, NYT Bestselling author of Dexter is Delicious

KIRKUS likes Trail of Blood:  Black ... has a strong heroine in MacLean. There’s a dash of romance thrown in, but the real action is in the field, as MacLean and her cousin look into crimes decades apart. A smart step-by-step thriller.

BOOKLIST : “…[Black] generates suspense with alternating accounts of investigations present and past. A cast of complex, captivating characters is led by likable Theresa…."

LIBRARY JOURNAL: In this second novel in a new series (after Takeover), Black weaves a highly entertaining if somewhat improbable tale of drama and suspense. Fans of forensic thrillers will look forward to seeing more of her witty and likable heroine.—

Booklist: Black has a compelling protagonist in Theresa MacLean...

"...a tautly plotted, relentlessly suspenseful debut. Let’s hope she writes another scorcher-and soon." -- Booklist (starred review)

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