The Third Victim

The Third Victim

Book - 2001
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The past isn't over....

An unspeakable act has ripped apart the idyllic town of Bakersville, Oregon, and its once-peaceful residents are demanding quick justice. But though a boy has confessed to the horrific crime, evidence shows he may not be guilty.

Officer Rainie Conner, leading her first homicide investigation, stands at the center of the controversy. It's hitting too close to home, bringing back her worst nightmares, threatening to expose her secret sins. But with the boy's life at stake, she won't let anything stop her from finding the real killer.

With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, Rainie comes closer to a deadly truth than she can imagine. Because out there in the shadows a man watches her and plots his next move. He knows her secrets. He kills for sport. He's already brought death to Bakersville and forever shattered the community. But what he has really come for is Rainie -- and he won't leave until he has destroyed her....
Publisher: New York ; Toronto, Ont. : Bantam Books, 2001.
ISBN: 9780553578683
0553578685
9780399594984
Characteristics: vii, 373 p. ;,18 cm.
Alternative Title: 3rd victim

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susan_findlay
Oct 10, 2018

This was another book that I read to fill in back-story after having read later books about these investigators. It has a bit of a different "feel" from most of Gardner's other books. I think that's because, for once, violence against women isn't a primary focus of the novel (though it's not completely absent from the story). Instead, the story is built around a school shooting. Another sensitive topic, to be sure, but I feel like Gardner handled it well. We don't get any build-up to the event. The book basically starts with the shooting and tells the story of the aftermath while trying to piece together how it happened and who is ultimately responsible.

A secondary plot fleshes out Rainie's history and begins the romance between her and Quincy.

A very good read.

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