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Blind Spot (Bernadette Saint Clare Series #1)

Blind Spot (Bernadette Saint Clare Series #1)

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by Terri Persons

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Introducing a heroine unlike any other . . .

FBI Agent Bernadette Saint Clare’s gift of sight allows her to see things others can’t. But some things are better left unseen.

Not always easy to work with, Agent Bernadette Saint Clare has been assigned and reassigned to FBI offices all over the country. Not long after


Introducing a heroine unlike any other . . .

FBI Agent Bernadette Saint Clare’s gift of sight allows her to see things others can’t. But some things are better left unseen.

Not always easy to work with, Agent Bernadette Saint Clare has been assigned and reassigned to FBI offices all over the country. Not long after she’s placed at a desk in the basement of the off-site St. Paul office, she’s called on to do what she does best: use personal effects found at a crime scene to see through a killer’s eyes.

In some cases her sight has been astoundingly accurate; in others it has been less than perfect. The agent in charge of this case, Tony Garcia, aware of Bernadette’s spotty record, is unsure if he should follow her lead, and the tension between them makes for an uneasy alliance. To make things more complicated, she becomes involved with her new upstairs neighbor. But there‘s something about him she can’t quite put her finger on—especially when he offers her a key clue to the killer’s identity.

A complex novel filled with quirky characters on the right and wrong sides of the law, Blind Spot reminds us that life is filled with leaps of faith both great and small.

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Publishers Weekly

In this humdrum thriller with ghostly undercurrents, the first of a new series, Persons uses an old plot idea: endowing her female FBI agent with the power to see through the eyes of a serial killer as he goes about his nefarious business. Agent Bernadette Saint Clare has been kicking around field offices all over the United States when she shows up for her new assignment in St. Paul, hoping that her unusual vision and strange ability will be more welcome than they usually are to both her bosses and her fellow agents. She immediately draws a case involving bodies bound with unusual knots and each missing a right hand. A ring found at one of the sites leads her into the eyes of the killer, but his identity and motives remain unclear. Because Bernadette makes wrong choices, she struggles to understand what the reader has long figured out, missing golden opportunities to catch her man and often placing herself in mortal danger. In future installments, Persons would do well to develop her heroine's ordinary crime-busting skills. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

Bernadette Saint Clare believes that her reassignment to the basement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's St. Paul office is designed to keep her from spooking the other agents. Ever since the psychic bond she shared with her twin sister was severed by a fatal accident, Bernadette's supernatural abilities have allowed her to see through the eyes of the criminals she's investigating. When an avenging angel starts hacking off the hands of purported sinners and then killing them, Bernadette uses her second sight to piece together clues about the murderer. Bernadette combines good, old-fashioned police work with the information she gets through her visions, and the paranormal nature of her detecting does not compromise the conventions of standard serial-killer thrillers. There is a late-in-the-book revelation about her lover, however, that may have fans of John Sandford and P.J. Tracy wishing this Twin City read were a little more down to earth. The first in a new series; recommended for public libraries.
—Karen Kleckner

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Bernadette Saint Clare Series , #1
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Spring in Minnesota is a bad blind date: Late in arriving. Disappointingly cold. Sloppy and frenetic and loud and foul--smelling. Beneath all of that, glimmers of something dangerous yet desirable.

In the skies above the Mississippi River, bald eagles glide and dip as they search for dead fish and the animal carcasses that become visible each spring, when the white cover is pulled back. Dogs bolt from their yards and head for the woods or the road, lured by the scents released by the receding snow. Before it finally surrenders, the ice on the lakes groans and cracks and moves. The winds blow hard and long, rattling the trees and drying up the puddles. The skunk cabbage pokes through the mud, emitting an odor that's a cross between garlic and a skunk's stink. Turkeys rev up their gobbling and put on a show to get the attention of the other birds. The sun rises earlier and loiters like it might stay all the way through dinner.

The teenager stood at his back stoop. He could smell dinner--pot roast and new potatoes--but he couldn't eat until the dog was kenneled. "Gunner! Here, boy! Gunner!" He clapped his hands together twice. "Come on, boy!"

His father walked out the back door and stood behind him. "You should've put the collar on him."

The boy frowned and shoved his hands in his jacket pockets. "Don't like shocking him."

"Better than watching him run across the highway and get flattened."

"He'll come." The boy went down the steps, put the middle and index fingers of both hands in his mouth, and blew. The whistle did the trick. A German wire--haired pointer came loping out of the pines behind the house. "Good boy, Gunner."

The father squinted into the low sun as the dog galloped toward them. "What's he got in his mouth?"

The boy shrugged. "Something dead. Another squirrel."

The dog stopped at the bottom of the steps, wagged his stubby tail, and dropped his prize at the feet of the younger master. The boy jumped back and almost fell backward on the steps behind him.


His father thumped down and stood next to him. Crouching over, he touched the bloody thing with the tips of his fingers. Without looking up, he said to his son: "Go in the house. Call the sheriff. Call 911."

The boy didn't move. "Dad!"

"Do what I say! Now!" The boy turned and ran up the steps, yanked open the screen door, and went inside. The door slammed behind him. "Sweet Jesus," the father muttered as he stared at the object on the ground.

The mother came out, stood on the stoop, and wiped her hands on her apron. "Food's getting cold." She looked down at her husband's bent back. "What is it?" She took a step down and then another.
She saw what he was hunkered over and gasped. Her eyes went past the yard and into the woods, where the sun was starting to slip behind the tallest trees. "Who? What do you think happened? How?"

"God knows."

"Should we take the truck? Go look?"

The man stood up but kept his eyes locked on the object at his feet. The dog darted forward and bent his head down, making a move to retrieve his find. "No!" yelled the man. "Sit!" The dog backed away, sat down, and panted. A spot of blood dotted the wiry hairs of the animal's muzzle.

His wife repeated: "Should we take the truck and go look?" She paused. "What if whoever lost it ..." Her voice trailed off.

The man shook his head. "Poor bastard who lost this has gotta be dead." He looked up and into the woods. "Sun will be down by the time the sheriff gets here."

The woman turned her head to the side. Her next question was a woman's question: "Is there a wedding...

Meet the Author

Terri Persons, a former reporter and freelance magazine writer, lives in the Midwest with her husband and two sons.

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Blind Spot (Bernadette Saint Clare Series #1) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Cyrus1 More than 1 year ago
Silly premise, silly story, silly dialogue and cliche ridden. Save your $$$$
rlaughter More than 1 year ago
Even though I believe that one might think they see things that others may not; this book takes it to another level. Seeing through the eyes of another is an interesting concept. All that being said; I did enjoy the book. It was well written and kept me intriqued.
LifeExamined More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I had to go back to the book and refresh my memory before I could write this. In the books defense, it has been about two weeks since I finished it. That said, I am not interested in the paranormal so should have skipped buying this one. I apologize to those of you who are and were looking for a decent review. I will purchase more wisely next time. Last, I cannot accept her premise that FBI profilers would place any stock in paranormal "profilers" so the story was hard to read as something possibly valid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is a good author and I plan on reading any books that she has published. She gets you from the first page and keeps the plot going so you want to read it in one sitting.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
She is a very witty writer though I don't see an FBI agent making sarcastic comments about the FBI and still being in it. Other than that the book was wonderful. I did like the comments but they just seemed out there. I like how her powers have changed and it will be interesting to see how she develops this character more. I can't wait to read the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. Highly recommend!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book because John Sandford recommended it but I am very disappointed. The plot was predictable and not very believable. The main character had a chip on her shoulder and was annoyingly defensive. I barely finished it. Maybe the author's 2nd book will improve...
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like the Kay Hoopers' 'Fear' or 'Shadow' series, you'll love this book. It is definately a page turner. It grabs your attention from the very first chapter. I cannot wait until she writes a sequel.