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At the start of Black's middling fifth mystery featuring forensic specialist Theresa MacLean (after 2011's Defensive Wounds), MacLean joins her homicide detective cousin, Frank Patrick, at a downtown Cleveland, Ohio, construction site where a cement worker has fallen from the top of what will be a high-rise prison. Between two dumpsters near the body, MacLean finds a scared little girl covered in blood. The girl, called Ghost, turns out to be the 11-year-old daughter of the unmarried victim, identified as 29-year-old Samantha Zebrowski. The girl says that "a shadow" pushed her mother off the unfinished building. The tension rises as MacLean and Patrick follow false trails while the killer stalks Ghost, the sole witness to the crime. The bond that MacLean forms with Ghost lends human interest and few will guess the killer's identity before the final desperate confrontation, but stock characters and too many coincidences make this a lesser entry in the series. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Cleveland forensic cop Theresa MacLean is called to investigate the brutal death of a young woman, who either jumped, fell, or was pushed from 20 stories up in an unfinished building in Cleveland's slowly regenerating downtown. Even though she's not normally squeamish, Theresa finds the sight of the woman's decimated body gut-wrenching. At first, the death appears to be a suicide, but the more Theresa and her partner investigate, the more convinced they are that it's murder. The dead woman had plenty to live for, including her 11-year-old daughter, Ghost. Theresa soon discovers that Ghost witnessed her mother's horrifying death and might be able to identify the killer, so now Theresa not only has to find the killer, she also must make sure that the killer doesn't come after Ghost. As the pressure to solve the case and keep Ghost safe mounts, Theresa senses the killer is close, but she is completely unprepared for his silent and deadly assault when it comes. An intense plot, knuckle-biting suspense, a likable heroine, and a shock ending make for a thoroughly satisfying read.--Melton, Emily Copyright 2010 Booklist