That Darkness

That Darkness

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As a forensic investigator for the Cleveland Police Department, Maggie Gardiner has seen her share of Jane Does. The latest is an unidentified female in her early teens, discovered in a local cemetery. More shocking than the girl's injuries--for Maggie at least--is the fact that no one has reported her missing. She and the detectives assigned to the case (including her cop ex-husband) are determined to follow every lead, run down every scrap of evidence. But the monster they seek is watching every move, closer to them than they could possibly imagine. Jack Renner is a killer. He doesn't murder because he enjoys it, or because he believes himself omnipotent, or for any reason other than to make the world a safer place. When he follows the trail of this Jane Doe to a locked room in a small apartment where eighteen teenaged girls are anything but safe, he knows something must be done. But his pursuit of their captor takes an unexpected turn. Maggie Gardiner finds another body waiting for her in the autopsy room--and a host of questions that will challenge everything she believes about justice, morality, and the true nature of evil.
Publisher: New York, New York : Kensington, 2016.
New York, New York : Kensington, 2016.
Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781496701886
1496701887
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 22 cm.

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agkersh Apr 26, 2016

That Darkness (Gardiner and Renner, #1) by Lisa Black is the first book in a new series featuring forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner and Homicide Detective Jack Renner, who happens to be a vigilante killer on the side. (This is not a spoiler, it is in the book description.) Just like Ms. Black’s other series, this one is also set in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and it is very accurately portrayed.
Maggie is obsessed with every little detail of her job and has no life outside of work. When corpses start turning up with the same mode of death, she starts to suspect a serial killer. All of the bodies except one belong to life-long criminals which makes her fear a vigilante is operating in Cleveland and could possibly be a member of the police force.
Jack is on a mission to avenge a death in his past and as long he is searching for his prey, he feels the need to eliminate others who he knows from research will violently offend again. Jack knows Maggie is like a dog with a bone about the similar cases and hopes to find and complete his final mission before he has to leave town.
Once again Ms. Black gives her readers a book with very descriptive forensic details. The plot flows at a steady pace throughout the story. My only problem was that as interesting as I found Jack’s character and the debate about vigilantism, Maggie’s character was not very developed. I will be continuing with future books and hope that Maggie evolves more fully and I also want to know how Jack is handled.

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