As a forensic investigator for the Cleveland Police Department, Maggie Gardiner has seen her share of Jane Does. The latest is an unidentified female in her early teens, discovered in a local cemetery. More shocking than the girl’s injuries—for Maggie at least—is the fact that no one has reported her missing. She and the detectives assigned to the case (including her cop ex-husband) are determined to follow every lead, run down every scrap of evidence. But the monster they seek is watching each move, closer to them than they could ever imagine.
Jack Renner is a killer. He doesn’t murder because he savors it, or because he believes himself omnipotent, or for any reason other than to make the world a safer place. When he follows the trail of this Jane Doe to a locked room in a small apartment where eighteen teenaged girls are anything but safe, he knows something must be done. But his pursuit of their captor takes an unexpected turn.
Maggie Gardiner finds another body waiting for her in the autopsy room—and a host of questions that will challenge everything she believes about justice, morality, and the true nature of evil …
Publisher's Weekly says: "The intriguing forensic details help drive the plot to its satisfying conclusion."
“Black is one of the best writers of the world of forensics, and her latest introduces Maggie Gardiner, who works for the Cleveland Police Department....Although Cornwell is better known, Black deserves more attention for her skillful writing – and hopefully this will be her breakout book .”– RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars (Top Pick)
Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter series, says: "Lisa Black always delivers authentic characters in riveting stories. That Darkness takes things to a spellbinding new level with a taut and haunting story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it."
"This is the first book in a new series featuring Cleveland forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner and homicide detective Jack Renner, but don’t expect your typical detective story...The surprising ending is sure to keep readers coming back for more." - Booklist
A great choice for readers of psychological suspense, forensic investigations, and mystery. —Library Journal
Suspense Magazine: "Without giving away plotlines, let me say That Darkness left me thinking for days. I was left thinking about the intricacies of the plot, the beauty of Lisa Black’s writing, and the profound relationship between law and justice."