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EILEEN DREYER spent sixteen years as a trauma nurse before she turned to writing. Having worked in tow of the busiest ERs in St. Louis County, she is also trained in medico/legal death investigation, forensic nursing, and Tactical EMS for SWAT teams. AN Anthony Award-nominee, she lives in St. Louis with her husband and two children. Visit


Things have never been easy for Molly Burke: the trauma nurse and part-time death investigator who previously appeared in Dreyer's Bad Medicine suffered through a loveless childhood and post-traumatic stress from a tour as a nurse in Vietnam. She married twice, but despite four pregnancies she has no living children. At Grace Hospital, "the primary gun and knife club in St. Louis," she often must treat children who have sustained suspicious injuries; though she always spots the child abuse hidden in these cases, she's frequently helpless to save the child. Her dog is her best friend, while her human associates include the handsome and smarmy lawyer who filed a lawsuit that cost Molly a job; a sweet but slightly needy elderly neighbor; and a coterie of colleagues who often voice their affection for Molly through insults. Then there's Molly's 16-year-old rich-kid nephew, whom she hasn't seen for years. He moves in with her after dropping by to steal some priceless works of art from the Burke family estate, where the disinherited Molly is "allowed to live... on sufferance." Against this dreary backdrop, Molly begins receiving threatening notes and special deliveries of human body parts, such as a thigh bone inscribed in gold. The reader learns that these creepy gifts are likely totems of a serial killer's affection, and now Molly must figure out who he is. Dreyer makes her heroine put up with far too much, but Molly perseveres in a chilling chase to find the killer before he strikes again. Four-city author tour. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Nearly flawless. The dialogue is witty...the insights into hospitals, medical examiners' offices, police departments and the military are stunning."
-- "St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
"Will pull you through an intense, heart-pounding adventure from the first page to the last."
-- "Tulsa World"
"An effective psychological thriller whose highly sympathetic character, Molly Burke, must confront deep personal challenges whilt simultaneously fending off a killer."
-- "The Dallas Morning News"
"A chilling chase to find the killer before he strikes again."
-- "Publishers Weekly"
"A suspenseful, compelling, and breathtaking novel that works itself into the human heart and mind."
-- "Missouri Life"
"A superb writer who manages to keep surprising the reader with one unexpected revelation after another."
-- "The Midwest Book Review"
"Packs a punch in each dense chapter of the book...The characters inhabiting Dreyer's world are complex, riveting, funny and compelling....Mesmerizing."
-- "Rocky Mountain News"
"Tensely plotted...When the dust settles, the book's title has far too many meanings, one of which will stay with readers for a long time."
-- "The Denver Post"
"A roller-coaster ride into the darkest realms of the human mind."
-- "American Way"
"Gripping, disturbing, and ultimately tragic...Incredibly powerful."
-- "Romantic Times" Top Pick

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