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I wrote my first two books under the name Elizabeth Becka:

TESS GERRITSEN, Bestselling author of Body Double: A

smashing debut! This is grab-you-by-the-throat suspense, written by someone who has actually walked the disturbing walk of an investigator. Elizabeth Becka roars onto the forensic thriller scene with all guns blazing.


JAN BURKE, Edgar-winning author of Bloodlines: Get in on the ground floor of this series, which deserves to go straight to the top. Characters you'll care about, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and fascinating details that never slow the action--just a few of the reasons you're going to love the Evelyn James series.


JEREMIAH HEALY, author of Invasion of Privacy: The

combination of a credible, likeable hero and a bizarre, chilling story is rare in crime fiction, but in Trace Evidence, Elizabeth Becka makes the tumblers click perfectly. Expect comparisons to The Silence of the Lambs and a nomination for Best First Mystery of the year.

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A BookSense pick for August, 2005: "I sat down and read Trace Evidence in one sitting. This unsentimental mystery gives readers a gripping look inside the world of forensic investigation. I can't wait to recommend this one!" --Betsy Goree, The Book Shelf, Tryon, NC

JEFF LINDSAY, author of the Darkly Dreaming Dexter series: Elizabeth Becka has that rare combination of authentic detail and good story-telling that makes Unknown Means an irresistible read."



Forensic scientist Evelyn James of the Cleveland Medical Examiner's office returns for this welcome second novel, following Becka's debut, Trace Evidence. Becka, a Cape Coral, Fla., forensic scientist formerly with the Cleveland coroner's office, keeps the details of this gripping procedural vivid all the way up to the harrowing finale. Fans of Patricia Cornwell's prickly Kay Scarpetta will find Evelyn a complementary contrast.



A forensic analyst is steamrolled by what looks like rush hour for violent death in greater Cleveland. Fashionable forensics, sound procedural work and a likable and believable heroine. Very reminiscent of Patricia Cornwell's early novels, before she went off the deep end and started sending Scarpetta against monsters in human form.