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The third to die : a novel
ISBN:
9780778309444
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458 pages ; 24 cm.
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Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage. Meanwhile in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous if elusive killer before he strikes again. But only if they can figure out who he is and where he is hiding before he disappears for another three years. --
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"The first in Brennan's amazing new thriller series. Dive in and enjoy this nail-biter."--Catherine Coulter, NYT bestselling author of LABYRINTH

An edgy female police detective...An ambitious FBI special agent. Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock investigation for a psychopathic serial killer. The bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for high-stakes suspense.

Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage. Meanwhile in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous if elusive killer before he strikes again. But only if they can figure out who he is and where he is hiding before he disappears for another three years. The stakes are higher than ever before, because if they fail, one of their own will be next...


Author Notes

Allison Brennan was born in 1969 in California. She is an American bestselling writer of romantic thriller novels. Her writing includes the Lucy Kincaid series, the F. B. I. Trilogy and the Predator Series. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thiller Writers.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of this tense series launch from bestseller Brennan (the Lucy Kincaid series), Det. Kara Quinn, who's on leave from the LAPD, is jogging on a trail in her hometown of Liberty Lake, Wash., when she comes across the mutilated body of a young woman. The victim is evidently a nurse, based on the green scrubs she's wearing and the stethoscope wrapped around her neck. When FBI special agent Mathias Costa, the head of the agency's new Mobile Response Team in Washington, D.C., learns that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the serial killer known as the Triple Killer, he and his team travel to Washington State to join those, including Kara, investigating the murder. Since the Triple Killer strikes once every three years, Matthias and Kara must act fast to stop the unidentified fiend before he vanishes for another three years. The relationship between Matthias and Kara adds some romantic heat. Fans of Jeff Abbott and Karin Slaughter will find this crime novel hard to put down. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House. (Feb.)


Kirkus Review

In Brennan's (Nothing To Hide, 2019, etc.) new series launch, a hard-edged female LAPD undercover cop and an ambitious FBI special agent race to catch a serial killer before he strikes again.On paid administrative leave since an incident with a suspect went wrong, a restless Detective Kara Quinn is on an early morning run in her hometown of Liberty Lake, Washington, when she discovers the flayed corpse of a young nurse. In D.C., FBI Special Agent in Charge Mathias Costa is staffing the new Mobile Response Team, designed to cover rural areas underserved by law enforcement, when his boss assigns Matt and analyst Ryder Kim to Liberty Lake. The notorious Triple Killer, who murders three random victims, three days apart, every three years, has returned. With only six days to identify and catch the culprit, and only three days until he kills again, the team is "on a very tight clock." What should be on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense turns into a slog marred by pedestrian prose ("she heard nothing except birds chirping"), a convoluted plot slowed down by a focus on dull bureaucratic infighting, and flat character development. The sole exception is the vividly drawn Kara. Smart, angry, defensive, complicated, she fascinates both the reader and Matt ("Kara Quinn was differentand he couldn't put his finger on why").Inside this bloated novel is a lean thriller starring a strong and damaged protagonist who's as compelling as Lisbeth Salander. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

The first in Brennan's new series features the FBI's Mobile Response Team (MRT), a new unit in which specialized agents are dispatched to assist local law-enforcement teams with highly sensitive cases. The MRT's first case is a doozy. A seemingly dormant serial killer known as the Triple Killer (he murders in threes, a new victim every three days) has reemerged in Liberty Lake, Washington. Detective Kara Quinn of the LAPD is on leave and back in her hometown when she comes across the body of the newest victim. Special Agent Matt Costa, the demanding head of the MRT, invites Quinn to join the investigation. As the team learns the killer's pattern, they race against the clock to find him before he kills again. This is a detail-heavy procedural, which slows down the plot a bit at points. However, the characters are interesting, with Costa and Quinn playing well off of one another. The dramatic ending wraps up the case, but it's only the beginning for the MRT, and fans will look forward to the next installment.


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