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Criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap is an expert at unraveling the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. She understands the killer instinct. But even Ivy has her limits. And the Madonna Murderer will test them...
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Criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap is an expert at unraveling the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. She understands the killer instinct. But even Ivy has her limits. And the Madonna Murderer will test them...
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...a wealth of procedural detail, a heart-thumping finale and two scarred but indelible protagonists make this a first-rate debut.
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Few serial killers penned by suspense writers today are as warped or as fully realized as the Madonna Murderer, who preys on newborn baby boys and their unwed mothers. As if the crime itself isn't bad enough, the killer leaves a musical snow globe that plays "Hush, Little Baby" in the infant's crib as his calling card. It has been nearly two decades since Ivy Dunlap and her infant son were victimized by the Madonna Murderer. Unbeknownst to the killer, Ivy survived the assault. Her baby didn't. Now a respected criminal psychologist, Ivy is called into service by the Chicago P.D. when the killer resurfaces after 16 years of dormancy. Her personal interest in the case takes on a sharper edge when she learns that her partner, Detective Max Irving, has a son named Ethan who is the same age her child would have been had he survived. When Ivy tries to rattle the Madonna Murderer by publishing a "dead-baby letter" in the newspaper, the killer becomes more daring; he befriends Ethan, sends Ivy a chunk of his skin bearing a tattoo and expands his profile of victims. Although some readers may be turned off by the novel's graphic nature, a wealth of procedural detail, a heart-thumping finale and two scarred but indelible protagonists make this a first-rate debut. (May 7) Forecast: Although the front cover features a rather generic, blurry sketch of a graveyard, the back cover reads like a who's-who of romantic suspense authors. Enthusiastic blurbs from Jayne Ann Krentz, Lisa Gardner and Kay Hooper should give this thriller a running start. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Few serial killers penned by suspense writers today are as warped or as fully realized as the Madonna Murderer, who preys on newborn baby boys and their unwed mothers. As if the crime itself isn't bad enough, the killer leaves a musical snow globe that plays "Hush, Little Baby" in the infant's crib as his calling card. It has been nearly two decades since Ivy Dunlap and her infant son were victimized by the Madonna Murderer. Unbeknownst to the killer, Ivy survived the assau
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451410313
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/7/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
RITA AWARD AUTHOR
DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD AUTHOR

Theresa Weir (a.k.a. Anne Frasier) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-three books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, and memoir. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages. Her first memoir, The Orchard, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians’ Best Books of 2011. Her second memoir, The Man Who Left, was a New York Times Bestseller. Going back to 1988, Weir’s debut title was the cult phenomenon AMAZON LILY, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam Books. Writing as Theresa Weir, she won a RITA for romantic suspense (COOL SHADE), and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance (BAD KARMA). In her more recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list (HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT, PLAY DEAD) and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. HUSH was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist. Well-known in the mystery community, she served as hardcover judge for the Thriller presented by International Thriller Writers, and was guest of honor at the Diversicon 16 mystery/science fiction conference held in Minneapolis in 2008. Frasier books have received high praise from print publications such as Publishers Weekly, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Crimespree, as well as online praise from Spinetingler, Book Loons, Armchair Interviews, Sarah Weinman’s Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, and Ali Karim’s Shots Magazine. Her books have featured cover quotes from Lisa Gardner, Jane Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Kay Hooper, and J.A. Konrath. Her short stories and poetry can be found in DISCOUNT NOIR, ONCE UPON A CRIME, and THE LINEUP, POEMS ON CRIME. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.
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Hush


By Anne Frasier

Onyx Books

Copyright © 2002 Anne Frasier.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 0451410319



Chapter One


Outside Ivy Dunlap's bedroom window a woodpecker jackhammered away at the wooden shutters of the stone house.

Damn bird. Damn annoying bird.

Her neighbor, Mrs. Gafney, told her if she put a plastic owl on the corner post it would scare the woodpeckers away. But then Mrs. Gafney also sprinkled salt into the sidewalk cracks to kill the weeds, corroding the cement until it turned to dust. She was the same person who ate packages of cookies after midnight while the crumbs gave her bedsores, all because The Enquirer had told her the body burned more calories while a person slept.

Mrs. Gafney lived half a mile away. In winter, Ivy could sometimes see the sun reflecting off the metal roofs of the Gafney house and barn, and on clear nights she could spot the yard light twinkling an uninvasive hello. Sometimes she could even hear Mr. Gafney calling to his milk cows, their bells gently answering as the animals slowly headed for fresh hay and the milking machines. But in summer, when the leaves were on the trees and the air was heavy with dew, Ivy could almost forget the Gafneys existed.

St. Sebastian was a beautiful land of faraway water. Forty miles to the north was Georgian Bay, to the south, Lake Erie. To the west lay Toronto and Lake Huron, to the east, Lake Ontario. Residents of Toronto had summer cottages in St. Sebastian, but few were brave enough to visit in the dead of winter when the wind howled and the roads were closed for days. Not far off, in Bainwood, there were supposed to be men with feet that pointed backward. Ivy had never seen such men, but Mrs. Gafney swore it to be true.

In this part of Ontario, the landscape had been shaped by glaciers that had crawled and creaked patiently across the earth, rolling the stones smooth. Children spent their summers picking up those ice-age remnants from farmers' fields, piling them high until their nails broke and their fingers bled. It was said that there were no rough stones in St. Sebastian, and of that Ivy was certain.

Outside, the woodpecker continued its morning ritual, moving from one shutter to another, testing them all for bugs.

Ivy lay there listening. Perhaps the tone of her breathing changed, telling Jinx that she was awake, because the tomcat pounced on the bed. He was a polite animal, always waiting until her eyes were open before bothering her, before he tiptoed across the bed to finally lie across her stomach, purring while she pet him.

She scratched him under his chin the way he liked it, talking to him all the while, saying things like, "You lazy guy. You just love attention, don't you?"


She hadn't known she was a cat person until Jinx showed up at her door one winter night when the snow was two feet deep and the wind was blowing so hard that the furnace couldn't keep the house warm. He was half-wild, but his hunger had made him temporarily tame. She took him in and fed him, and he let her pet him that first night. But by the next morning, the warm milk and bread had done their work and he had reverted back to the cat he'd been before hunger had taken hold. She tried to catch him to throw him outsidethe sun was shining, the wind had stoppedbut he was a yellow streak, disappearing under the curio cabinet, where he stayed for three whole days. She tried to coax him out with warm milk, but he wouldn't budge. She offered him a tiny slice of ham, putting it just out of his reach. One stiff, yellow paw appeared from below the antique cabinet, swiped at the ham, and pulled it into the darkness.

"Gotta get up now," Ivy said, gently pushing the cat to the side and flinging back the covers.

In the kitchen, she put milk in his bowl before pouring some over her cereal. After breakfast, she ran three miles on the treadmill, showered, then went outside to the garden. She was gathering strawberries when she heard the far-off ringing of the phone through the open kitchen window.

She got to her feet, moving toward the sound with the bowl of strawberries in one hand. Her sandals, damp with morning dew, took her down the stone path that led from the garden to the kitchen. Inside, the phone was still ringing. She picked up the receiver and answered with a distracted "Hello?"

On the other end was a voice she hadn't heard in years. A voice she'd begun to wonder if she'd ever hear again. It belonged to Abraham Sinclair of the Chicago Police Department, the man who had helped her disappear.

"It's happening again," was all he said. It was all he had to say.

The ceramic bowl she'd picked up at a flea market slid from her nerveless fingers, crashing to the flagstone, shattering. Strawberries rolled across the floor, finally finding darkness in the cobwebs and dust beneath the antique pie safe.

Breathe, Ivy reminded herself. Breathe.

The moment she'd feared and dreaded and lived for brought her to her knees.

"Claudia? Are you there?"

Claudia. A name from another life.

"Yes," she said, her voice sounding relatively strong considering the way she was kneeling on the floor, quaking. "II'm here."

"It's been a long time."

"Yes."

"We need your help, but I'll understand if you want nothing to do with this."

He would be relieved if she said she had put it all behind her, that she'd moved on with her life, that she was now married with two lovely children. From that imagined life, she would be able to tell him about her safe, secure, mundane yet wonderful existence where she carpooled during the school year and made dandelion crowns in summer.

In a way, she had moved on, but not to the extent she would have liked. Because she'd come to find out that no matter how good a person's intentions, it was impossible to forge deep relationships when you harbored secrets that could never be told.

She suddenly saw with an almost spiritual clarity that everything she'd done up to now had been in preparation for this moment. Subconsciously she'd spent the years waiting for a phone call she'd hoped would never come. And all the friends, all the Jinxes and birds and gardens and bowls of strawberries in the world would never be enough. Waiting for this phone callthat's what had driven her.

As the years had passed, she'd begun to believe that her new life was real, her old life over. But now the life she'd worked so hard to build for herself in St. Sebastian faded. In her mind, the friends she'd made and the people she'd met suddenly didn't seem in complete focus.

She would have to make something up, say she was going away for a while, maybe to care for a sick relative. Yes, that should work. The Gafneys could have her strawberries and asparagus, and later, if she was gone that long, her Concord grapes. She was scheduled to teach two summer classes in criminal psychology at the University of Guelph. Those would have to be canceled.

And Jinx. What would she do about Jinx? Mrs. Gafney would be willing to come and feed him, but he'd get so lonely.

She pushed herself to her feet. She straightened. Lately she'd been feeling older than her thirty-nine years. But now, like a soldier preparing for battle, she mentally shook off all things physical. "I'll come."


Excerpted from Hush by Anne Frasier. Copyright © 2002 by Anne Frasier. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Excellent read

    Loved the story...not for the faint of heart though.....

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Awesome

    This was an awesome read....i love how the writer goes from the main characters p.o.v to the killers p.o.v....it keeps you on your toes......:) i would recommend to all mystery lovers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    A real page turner

    The entire book has you on the edge of your seat. It makes you hug your children. Her charactors are so well defined and it is so wonderfully written you feel like you are there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    Great Read

    This was a TERRIFIC book!!! I would highly recommend to anyone...I usually read a book over about 3 weeks, but this one I read in 4 days. I just couldn't put it down!! I ran right out and bought more of her books and am very excited to read them

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    Awesome Debut!!!

    In an amazing debut, Anne Frasier has definitely won me over. I love shows like Profiler and CSI. This book was a page-turner. I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the new book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 15, 2013

    Omg

    Just by reading the reviews i really want to read it!!

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Great book!

    This is a fast paced thriller. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Loved this book!

    Great story, great characters. Really fast wonderful read!

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Very good book!

    This was a great read. I can't wait to read more from this author!

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

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    Really enjoyed this book.  Captured the "Standing on the Ed

    Really enjoyed this book.  Captured the "Standing on the Edge" feeling!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Loved it

    I didn't want to put it down highly recommend it

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Thrilling!

    Page-turning suspense from the first page to the last!

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    Amazing!

    Psychologically gripping! Well written. Excellent read!

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Great!!

    This author has a way with words. She captivates you until the very end. I can't wait to read more from her. Highly recommend!!

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Good book

    I would have gave it a 5star but rating but i thought the first few chapters were a bit boring, you have to give this book a chance then it gets really good. I will read the autors other books

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Kept me up late

    This one is the first Anne Frasier I've read and have downloaded four more after reading this. Good story with interesting characters. Left me hoping it was a series.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Great book!!!""

    It was hard for me to put thid book done!!!! If you love suspense and thriller, you have to read this book. I give it 5 stars.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    2nd WOW!!!

    Just like some of the others, I couldn't put this book down. This author is going places...no doubt. Am going to recommend to all my nook buddies with a TWO thumbs up!!!!

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Excellent!

    Really suspenseful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    amazing debut novel

    I was thoroughly impressed with this book. I have recommended this titles several times with happy results. I am awaiting the next novel with great anticipation. This author is going to go places!

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