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In Chelsea Cain's bestselling series debut, Portland detective Archie Sheridan has spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer. In the end she was the one who caught him, but after torturing him for days she mysteriously let him go and turned herself in. Since then the she has been locked up, leaving Archie damaged but alive in a prison of another kind addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days or Gretchen off his mind.When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets, Archie has to pull himself together to head up a new task force, but even then he can't stop him without getting information from Gretchen an encounter that may destroy him.With Susan Ward, a hungry young newspaper reporter, profiling Archie and his team, Archie, the killer, and Gretchen enter into a dark and deadly game. Each novel in Chelsea Cain's scorching series leaves readers wanting more of the twisted and destructive relationship introduced in "Heartsick.""
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Chelsea Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Season, Evil at Heart, and Sweetheart. Both Heartsick and Sweetheart were listed in Stephen King's Top Ten Books of the Year in Entertainment Weekly. Chelsea lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune, then grew up in Bellingham, WA, where the infamous Green River killer was "the boogieman" of her youth. The true story of the Green River killer's capture was the inspiration for the story of Gretchen and Archie. Cain lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.

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McCormick delivers an uneven performance in her reading of Cain's bestselling debut thriller. Gretchen Lowell, "The Beauty Killer," was one of the most prolific serial killers in history, claiming over 200 lives. Her only surviving victim was Archie Sheridan, the lead detective on the task force set up to apprehend her. Archie was tortured for days until Lowell inexplicably turned herself in. Two years later Archie is still a victim, on leave from the force, estranged from his family, addicted to pain pills and obsessively visiting Gretchen weekly. When a new killer begins murdering teenage girls, Archie is called back into action. By his side is an ambitious, pink-haired news reporter who may become her own page-one headline. The usually reliable McCormick has a rocky start with the first few chapters. Her clipped, overarticulation of each line keeps listeners at a distance instead of immersing them in the mesmerizing events taking place. However, she does improve as the story moves forward, and her rich, throaty portrayal of Gretchen Lowell is the perfect blend of predator and seductress. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's Minotaur hardcover (Reviews, July 16). (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Adult/High School-The shocking opening chapter of this thriller lets readers know they're in for a rough ride through the minds of damaged people, including a drug-addicted police detective and an ambitious newspaper reporter. Two years earlier, a sadistic female serial killer captured and tortured Archie Sheridan, the lead detective on the Beauty Killer Task Force, leaving an indelible impression on his psyche and numerous physical scars. Now a new serial killer is stalking Portland, OR, and Archie is called back to duty to head a new task force. Susan Ward, a bright, offbeat reporter, is surprised to get the inside track on the investigation from him. It seems that he is finally willing to expose his feelings about Gretchen Lowell, the Beauty Killer, but Susan will have to reveal her secrets as well. Vaguely reminiscent of Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs (St. Martin's, 1988), with the setup of the serial-killer psychiatrist trading information while working her own angle, the novel has plenty of gruesome details, building suspense, false leads, and startling imagery in a setting so realistic that readers will feel damp and chilled. This one is for teens who like their stories gritty, grim, and gory.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

After being kidnapped and tortured by a beautiful serial killer, Detective Archie Sheridan must pull himself together to catch a killer of teenage girls. Cain lives in Portland, OR. The promotion for this much ballyhooed debut starts with a ten-city prepub tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Chelsea Cain's novel is completely entrancing and totally original---what a read. Between the humanity of Portland cop Archie Sheridan and the chilling and twisted design of his beautiful nemesis, Gretchen Lowell, Heartsick is utterly unforgettable. Cain is a wonderful---and terrifying---storyteller--Dominick Dunne "Heartsick has it all: a tortured cop, a fearless and quirky heroine, and what may be the creepiest serial killer ever created. This is an addictive read!" --Tess Gerritsen"With Gretchen Lowell, Chelsea Cain gives us the most compelling, most original serial killer since Hannibal Lecter." --Chuck Palahniuk"Chelsea Cain's novel is completely entrancing and totally original---what a read. Between the humanity of Portland cop Archie Sheridan and the chilling and twisted design of his beautiful nemesis, Gretchen Lowell, Heartsick is utterly unforgettable. Cain is a wonderful---and terrifying---storyteller" --Dominick Dunne "Heartsick" has it all: a tortured cop, a fearless and quirky heroine, and what may be the creepiest serial killer ever created. This is an addictive read! "Tess Gerritsen" With Gretchen Lowell, Chelsea Cain gives us the most compelling, most original serial killer since Hannibal Lecter. "Chuck Palahniuk" Chelsea Cain s novel is completely entrancing and totally original---what a read. Between the humanity of Portland cop Archie Sheridan and the chilling and twisted design of his beautiful nemesis, Gretchen Lowell, Heartsick is utterly unforgettable. Cain is a wonderful---and terrifying---storyteller Dominick Dunne" ""Heartsick" has it all: a tortured cop, a fearless and quirky heroine, and what may be the creepiest serial killer ever created. This is an addictive read!"""---Tess Gerritsen "With Gretchen Lowell, Chelsea Cain gives us the most compelling, most original serial killer since Hannibal Lecter."---Chuck Palahniuk "Chelsea Cain's novel is completely entrancing and totally original---what a read. Between the humanity of Portland cop Archie Sheridan and the chilling and twisted design of his beautiful nemesis, Gretchen Lowell, "Heartsick "is utterly unforgettable. Cain is a wonderful---and terrifying---storyteller."""---Dominick Dunne Praise for "Heartsick""One of the most seductive and original psychopaths since Hannibal Lecter."--"Entertainment Weekly"""Heartsick" is a dizzying novel. Lurid and suspenseful with well-drawn characters, plenty of grisly surprises, and tart dialogue, it delivers."--"The New York Times Book Review""A distinctive and disturbing novel that blurs the lines between suspense fiction and psychological suspense."--"Chicago Tribune""Steamy and perverse."--"The New York Times" Praise for "Heartsick""One of the most seductive and original psychopaths since Hannibal Lecter."-"Entertainment Weekly"""Heartsick" is a dizzying novel. Lurid and suspenseful with well-drawn characters, plenty of grisly surprises, and tart dialogue, it delivers."-"The New York Times Book Review""A distinctive and disturbing novel that blurs the lines between suspense fiction and psychological suspense."-"Chicago Tribune""Steamy and perverse."-"The New York Times"

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