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Graven Images

Graven Images

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by Jane Waterhouse

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"Her prose flows like molten silver." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"An ambitious, compelling thriller." San Francisco Chronicle

Bestselling true crime writer Garner Quinn is drawn into a murder investigation when enigmatic artist Dane Blackmoor, a man with whom she shares a complicated past, is accused of dismembering women and hiding their body parts in his


"Her prose flows like molten silver." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"An ambitious, compelling thriller." San Francisco Chronicle

Bestselling true crime writer Garner Quinn is drawn into a murder investigation when enigmatic artist Dane Blackmoor, a man with whom she shares a complicated past, is accused of dismembering women and hiding their body parts in his unsettlingly lifelike sculptures. Is Blackmoor a depraved killer or is he being framed? To find the truth, Garner must confront her darkest secrets and delve into the disturbing legacy of her late father, a celebrated criminal defense attorney who helped a guilty killer go free. Her relentless search for the truth leads to a devilishly surprising, action-packed climax that will leave you shaking.

"Waterhouse's writing is as lyrical as a lullaby and as eerily hypnotic as a cobra's dance. Her plot is profound and disturbing. An outstanding book." Booklist

"If you like nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat, up-all-night-suspense, you will love Graven Images." Jan Burke, Edgar and Agatha Award winning author

"A stylish, powerful tale of suspense. Her nuanced writing, fully-realized characters, and concern for human frailties add up to an absorbing read." Publishers Weekly

"A smooth and suspenseful ride you won't want to end." John Lutz, Edgar and Shamus Award winning author.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Waterhouse's stylish, powerful tale of suspense (after Playing for Keeps), bestselling true-crime writer Garner Quinn takes a no-nonsense approach to life, slicing through the humdrum with well-placed zingers. In fact, one of this lady's more captivating characteristics is her bitchy sense of humor, expressed in asides scattered throughout her savvy, sometimes cynical narration. But Garner is credibly human, too-a divorce who struggles to shield her teenaged daughter from society's monsters and who has never reconciled her ambivalent feelings toward her father, a celebrated lawyer. (Their estrangement was exacerbated when Garner's first book questioned the verdict in a murder trial in which he was the defense attorney.) Now Garner is disturbed by another verdict: a South Carolina farmboy thought to be a serial killer is pronounced not guilty. Reluctantly, she moves on to another case-and another book-about a sculptor whose life-sized works have been found to conceal human body parts. In a rip-roaring finale, Waterhouse ingeniously dovetails these crimes; and, in the meantime, her nuanced writing, fully realized characters and concern for human frailties add up to an absorbing read. Literary Guild, Mystery Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured alternates. (Oct.)
Library Journal
After seven years, Waterhouse follows the success of her first novel, Playing for Keeps (Macmillan, 1987). Protagonist Garner Quinn writes popular true crime books, but this time, because of a victim's unexpected about-face, her subject-a serial mutilation murderer-walks free. She immediately involves herself in another "case," but then discovers she's being stalked. Dramatic and riveting.

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Brash Books
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Garner Quinn Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Jane is scriptwriter, award-winning playwright, and the author of four thrillers, including Graven Images, the first of three adventures featuring true-crime writer Garner Quinn.

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Graven Images 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Body parts of a murder victim being showing up in the lifelike sculptures of artist Dane Blackmoor. Best-selling true crime author, Garner Quinn, thinks she knows the killer ... after all, they have a shared past. A past, that she would like to forget. Dane Blackmoor is being investigated and accused to dismembering women and hiding their body parts inside the sculptures that he is so well known for. She's just coming off another investigation for another of her books and instead of being able to spend more time with her daughter, she's going to be spending time with another suspected murderer. Blackmoor says he's innocent ... but Garner's not so sure. She's going to have to face her own past, her own contentious relationship with her father, an esteemed criminal defense attorney who helped a guilty murderer go free. Her search for the truth leads her to her childhood .. the summer she was 12 years old. Her father's criminal case at that time is what led her to her present occupation. I really got a lot out of this book! Love, hate, anger, mystery, suspense... and a cast of many who all seem to be hiding something .. even her own assistant ... and her daughter. The ending was fast, brutal, action-packed ... and a shocker. Hang onto your hat when the ending begins ..... This is a 3-book series written in the 1990s. I will definitely be looking for Books 2 and 3. Many thanks to the author and Brash Books who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding story with action taking place on many levels. It combines a mystery thriller with intense psychological development, several character studies and a little romance. Garner Quinn, a true crimes author, is the protagonist, but several other characters are treated in depth and add to the entertainment value of the book. Garner's father is a famous lawyer with no time for her. She suspects a famous artist is her real father at one point. She has her own daughter who feels left out of her mother's life, and a family caretaker who bridges three generations. All the loose threads and subplots come together in a suspenseful ending guaranteed to get your pulse pounding.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
I've commented before about how much I love Brash Books and its mission to "publish the best crime novels in existence." With the publication of Jane Waterhouse's Garner Quinn trilogy, beginning with Graven Images, Brash Books has exceeded (if that's possible) that lofty goal. Garner Quinn is a female true-crime author. I have wracked my brain for another crime series featuring a true-crime writer, rather than the ubiquitous current or former cop or serviceman/private detective/thriller writer (not to mention the cooks and innkeepers of the cozy mystery world, of which I am not a part), and have been unable to come up with one. Waterhouse's choice of lead is inspired; the book blends the real-life reportage and legal wrangling of true crime with the mystery and suspense of crime fiction to create a novel and gripping point of view. Garner knows how bad her subjects can be, so when they invade her personal life, her fears are well-founded. In describing Graven Images to fellow members of the Goodreads Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Group, I said I "inhaled" the book, and that is an accurate description of the book's effect on me; it has permeated my consciousness to such an extent that other mysteries seem dull and their protagonists lacking in personality. Garner virtually leaps from the page, and her voice is dry but not cynical. Here she is, describing another character she meets at a costume party dressed as Shakespeare's Juliet (Garner, of course, is wearing a red dress): "She wasn’t quite the ingenue she’d masqueraded as at the museum gala. Elizabeth Rice had been around the block a couple of times. In the rain. During humid weather." I can't wait to see who she skewers next. Verdict: Be poised over the "buy now" button when Graven Images hits the shelves on May 23. I received a free copy of Graven Images from Brash Books in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I initially thought this book had abandoned unique plot but it got confusing...lots off interesting details regarding art sculpture but lacking in true character evolving today keep it going.