A Faint Cold Fear (2003) by Karin Slaughter

By Karin Slaughter

Sara Linton, health worker within the small city of Heartsdale, GA, is termed out to an obvious suicide at the neighborhood collage campus. The mutilated physique offers little within the means of clues -- and the school experts are wanting to stay away from a scandal -- yet for Sara and police leader Jeffrey Tolliver, issues do not upload up.

Two extra suspicious suicides stick to, and a tender girl is brutally attacked. For Sara, the violence moves a ways too with reference to domestic. And as Jeffrey pursues the sadistic killer, he discovers that ex-police detective Lena Adams, now a safety shield on campus, will be in ownership of the most important info. yet, bruised and angered by means of her expulsion from the strength, Lena appears slightly in a position to conserving herself, not to mention saving the following victim.

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Moving back to Reece, where Hank had raised Lena and Sibyl, her twin sister, would have been too easy. It would’ve been too easy to take up space at the bar Hank owned and drink away her nightmares. It would have been too easy to hide from the rest of the world, until thirty A FAINT COLD FEAR 41 years had passed and she was still holding down a barstool, the scars on her hands the only reminder of why she’d started drinking in the first place. Lena had been raped a little over a year ago; not just raped but kidnapped, held in her abductor’s home for days.

Jeffrey told Matt, “Put that out on the radio. ” Lena asked, skeptical. Matt cupped his cell phone to his ear and walked a few feet away to carry out Jeffrey’s orders. Frank was looking down at Lena, but there was no telling what he was thinking. Jeffrey saw Chuck taking his time walking up the hill. When the other man stopped and bent to the ground, Jeffrey tensed, but Chuck was only tying his shoe. When Chuck reached them, he said, “I was staying with the body. ” Jeffrey could tell from Frank’s expression that, with all that had hap- A FAINT COLD FEAR 35 pened, he was only now considering the question.

We took him out this last quarter so he could concentrate on getting better. ” She smiled, remembering. “Thursdays he had art lessons. ” Lena wished she had her notebook so she could write down this information, but there was really no reason for her to do so. As Jeffrey had pointed out, Lena was not a cop. She was just Chuck’s security gofer, and barely that.

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