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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,432 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Gardner Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The FBI Profiler Series Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436142236
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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner has won critical and popular acclaim for writing riveting, nail-biting novels of suspense. Her stories are all the more disturbing because they seem to leap straight from today’s newspaper headlines.

Officer Rainie Conner is leading her first homicide investigation, a school shooting. The police chief’s 13-year-old son is the prime suspect, but Rainie doesn’t believe he pulled the trigger. With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, she races to uncover the truth. But a ruthless killer watches from the shadows—and lives to destroy her as he has destroyed her peaceful little Oregon community. A school shooting is horrifying in itself, but the thought of the menacing presence behind the shooting, the madman who savors the act of murder, is sure to keep listeners awake at night.

Narrator C.J. Critt keeps adrenaline levels high as she reveals layer after layer of intrigue.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A suspenseful, curl-up winter read, this thriller teems with crisp, realistic dialogue and engaging characters.”

    Publishers Weekly, starred review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dougw | 2/5/2014

    " I gave this a 3....it was pretty good...a lot better than Perfect Husband and Other Daughter....but I'm done reading Gardner.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda W | 1/28/2014

    " I really liked this book. I was blown away by Rainie. I hope to see more of her and Qunicy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chana | 1/26/2014

    " Reasonably good, had some exciting moments. The book takes the tough subject of school shootings and tries to make some sense of it in a fictional setting with the added element of a bad guy to put some blame on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne | 1/14/2014

    " Beginning is well paced. But from there, it's too plodding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/11/2014

    " I enjoyed this book more than the first in the series. The notion of a school shooting is always horrific and even worse when it is little 8 year olds but i was still engrossed and couldnt wait to see "who dunnit" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alsjem | 1/7/2014

    " Really enjoyed this one. The best Linda Gardner so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanie | 1/6/2014

    " Two little girls and a teacher were killed in a school shooting by a young student. Why? Was he acting alone? The officer in charge, Lorraine Connor, was quite skeptical about the capabilities of young Danny. She had her own secrets from her past so these shootings brought back her nightmares. The style of writing kept you riveted to your seat waiting for more suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/29/2013

    " I finally got to read the first Rainie and Quincy book. I will be looking for the one that follows this one so I learn how they end up together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 12/21/2013

    " purchased audio version 8/30/12. Started 9/7/12. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie Wisniewski | 12/10/2013

    " It was good, but not as good as many of her others. A fine read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/30/2013

    " If the holidays weren't here when I started this book I probably would have finished it within a day but since Christmas interrupted my reading I finished it last night. Great book, great charaters, LOVED the plot. She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Mcvay | 10/26/2013

    " What a great book!!! I can't wait to read more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne McAfee | 10/22/2013

    " Great fbi seies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana ****Reads Alot**** | 10/14/2013

    " Another great book in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha Jones | 10/14/2013

    " Another suspenseful twist-good reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 10/11/2013

    " It was good, but slower for me than The Next Accident. Although, this is where Rainie and Quincy meet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/5/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the next in the series. Glad that I discovered it since I like mysteries and the series is farther along than I am in reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/25/2013

    " Another winner! Psychological suspense for sure "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan R. | 3/28/2013

    " Fast paced who done it...fascinating look at school shootings..well researched and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Prothero | 2/8/2013

    " Great read had you guessing right up to the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renna | 10/1/2012

    " Love her books - but try to read them in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharal Hunter | 9/6/2012

    " Very good story! Lots of edge of your seat suspense and action. I loved the chemistry between Rainie and Quincy and look forward to seeing them in the next book, The Next Accident. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leona | 11/22/2011

    " Very well written. Kept me interested right to the end. I will probably try to read more books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristacmcmsn.com | 10/12/2011

    " Was difficult to figure out, kept me guessing. Didn't like the ending however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Fullen | 9/20/2011

    " Each of Ms. Gardner's books show growth as a writer and story teller. These are fast reads filled with tension and some great sex! I often get up early just to read a few chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 6/17/2011

    " A real page-turner but I enjoy murder mysteries. Twists and turns, especially the last third of the book. Just when you think you have it solved, she surprises you, right up unto the end. Only thing, there is some swear words and a little sex. I skip over those. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucii Grubb | 5/27/2011

    " Took me a while to get into which is why I only gave this book 4 stars instead of 5. It did get interesting but this one was a little obvious :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suncat09 | 5/22/2011

    " a fairly stupid book, but better than her last one.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 5/13/2011

    " A different twist on a story about a school shooting seemingly by the young son of the local sheriff of a small town. The investigating officer has some past baggage and the two plots link up and keep a suspenseful read. Great characters, good twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 4/19/2011

    " Good book with interesting twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/1/2011

    " LNAGUAGE! Good story with lots of twists. There was an interview with the author at the end that I liked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 3/23/2011

    " I Loved this book. I am a huge fan of Lisa Gardner. This was a FAST-PACED great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendi | 2/12/2011

    " Good, kept me reading it. There is something about parts of the writing that seems very cliche', the love scenes are not very original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 2/2/2011

    " This book kept my interest the whole way through. I found the characters to be so amazing, and I want to learn more about Lorraine, who is now on my list of favorite female protagonists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 1/29/2011

    " This book for me was okay. It was interesting to see the dynamics of being a parent/sheriff of the accused shooter. Everything about this book was just okay. It was an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/11/2011

    " I enjoyed this book till the end. I'm not sure if I read this author before but she will be added to my authors to read. Suspense going till the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/5/2011

    " Everything I've come to expect from Lisa Gardner. I love Quincy and Rainie, and am glad there are several books with these characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 11/9/2010

    " A friend suggested this book and it was a good, fast read. The villain was a surprise till the end of the story. Normally, I would not have read this book since it dealt with school homicides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 9/27/2010

    " Lisa Gardner does it again with a twisted gripping story . . . another page turner that I couldn't put down. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. Since then she has become a #1 New York Times bestselling crime thriller novelist. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics, and twisted plots into a streak of thirteen bestselling suspense novels, including, The Killing Hour. With over 22 million books in print, Lisa is published in thirty countries. Her success crosses into the small screen with four of her novels becoming movies (At the Midnight Hour; The Perfect Husband; The Survivors Club; Hide.)

About the Narrator

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.