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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Black Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Theresa MacLean Mysteries Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781611203875
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When Marie Corrigan, a Cleveland defense attorney with a history of falsifying evidence and no shortage of enemies, is found dead in the presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton, most people would agree that she had it coming. Forensic investigator Theresa MacLean is summoned to the crime scene by her daughter, Rachel, who is working the front desk. But even before Theresa enters the room, she knows that she’s walking into a forensic nightmare, for crime scenes at hotels, even the most luxurious, are teeming with trace evidence that has been left behind by innumerable guests and may or may not be related to the murder. But what Theresa finds is even worse than she imagined.

Given the positioning of Marie’s body, everyone assumes the same thing, that it’s a lovers’ tryst turned lethal. But large questions remain: How did the killer gain access to the room without anyone’s knowledge? And has the scene been staged for their benefit? The little evidence Theresa has is conflicting at best. What’s more, a legal convention at the hotel provides an endless list of suspects, and potential victims.

When two more bodies show up in quick succession, each in a similar state, Theresa’s investigation takes on a whole new urgency as she fears they may have a serial killer on their hands, a serial killer with a vendetta. But as she searches for the threads that tie the cases together, Theresa begins to suspect that she and her daughter are closer to danger than they realize. And a mother will stop at nothing to protect the life of her child.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An amazing read that rivals…the best of the genre.”

    Associated Press

  • “Black has a strong heroine in MacLean. there’s a dash of romance thrown in, but the real action is in the field.”

     Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Monroe | 2/17/2014

    " I didn't read the first three books so I might have gotten into the characters more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque | 2/17/2014

    " Lisa Black gives the reader a close up and human view of forensics in Defensive Wounds. Defense attorneys are being killed and Theresa, a forensic investigator, and her daughter are caught up in the cases. The mystery has a nice twist at the end and a satisfactory conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russeller | 2/7/2014

    " Listened to it in the car. Decent story, a tad slow and overly clinical at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly R | 2/3/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I am giving it only 3 stars because I did not think it was a brilliantly composed piece of literature. However, I completely enjoyed the process of reading this book! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Ann | 1/23/2014

    " Shakespeare's "let's kill all the lawyers" gets a workout in this 4th entry in Black's Theresa MacLean forensic investigator series. Mama MacLean gets a chill when receiving her daughter's text of "sum 1 ded here" from the hotel at which she's working before going back to college. The "ded" happens to be a not-so-much lamented femme fatale of a defense attorney who was attending a convention for criminal defense attorneys at the Cleveland Ritz-Carlton. Detectives and forensic investigators both have run afoul of Marie Corrigan's tricky tactics on behalf of her clients...and there are a passel of victim's families out there who would have liked to see her roasted on a spit, but none of them had a key card for this security conscious locked hotel room. When a former lover and professional colleague also in attendance meets the same bloody and humiliatingly staged end as Marie, the plot has thickened and the pool of suspects has deepened to include a retired cop now employed by the hotel, the new boyfriend - did we mention the dead lawyer got him cleared of a rape/murder charge? - of Theresa's daughter, Rachael, and well just about everyone who ever met both the dead lawyers. This series continues to shine with working class Cleveland lending its blue collar aura. And Theresa is the everywoman - except for that whole crawling around on the floor picking hairs off dead people thing - that inspires admiration from any reader and fan of forensic fare. P.S. After reading Takeover, Evidence of Murder, and Trail of Blood, go back and find her 2 books under the name Elizabeth Becka that also feature a female forensic investigator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wind | 12/3/2013

    " I mostly read this because it was a murder mystery based in my hometown, Cleveland (Terminal Tower). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 11/17/2013

    " Thought the book was ok. Lots of forensics detail with a story woven around it. Not bad; not necessarily a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika Lusco | 11/14/2013

    " Fun mystery, but predictable. Already knew killer when introduced mid-story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren edson-fisher | 10/6/2013

    " This was a first reads giveaway, and was a great thriller and suspense story. It was filled with forensic details, fun characters and an exciting plot with twists and surprising turns for those who love the CSI episodes this is a read for you.I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Wallace Projansky | 9/6/2013

    " This suspense was even better that 3 stars, but the ending was a little predictable. Very good CSI type drama, but kept interesting. Recommend for those of us who like a good suspense/mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 8/18/2013

    " I'm now hooked on this author and her characters. while reading her books I think I have it all figured out, and I do to a certain extent, but there are always two or three twists at the end that really throw me for a loop. She's now one of my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 5/14/2013

    " The book was very good. It was entertaining and moved right along! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten Lenius | 3/19/2013

    " This book is a reasonably good police procedural mystery with high emphasis on forensics. Though I did figure out most of the answers before the end, it was enjoyable to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eli | 2/12/2013

    " Theresa MacLean could be the most assuming, tunnel-visioned investigator out there in detective novel-land. I saw the murderer coming a mile away, she didn't. Maybe because it was the 1 character she befriended? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 1/25/2013

    " .....at the last minute.....out of the blue.... the detective has all the answers! okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 10/26/2012

    " This one is great for forensic details and because the murders are committed in a hotel, it brings up sme interesting questions about forensic data collection in such places "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana | 2/8/2012

    " It catches your attention; however, it has a slow beginning... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque | 10/1/2011

    " Lisa Black gives the reader a close up and human view of forensics in Defensive Wounds. Defense attorneys are being killed and Theresa, a forensic investigator, and her daughter are caught up in the cases. The mystery has a nice twist at the end and a satisfactory conclusion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 9/13/2011

    " This was a first reads giveaway, and was a great thriller and suspense story. It was filled with forensic details, fun characters and an exciting plot with twists and surprising turns for those who love the CSI episodes this is a read for you.I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 9/7/2011

    " Love one day reads! Started to put the pieces together then got blindsided by a different development! Nice! "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Black

Lisa Black is a certified latent fingerprint examiner and crime scene investigator in Florida and a former forensic scientist for the Cleveland coroner’s office. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association for Identification, and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and has testified in more than fifty homicide trials.

About the Narrator

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.