One Through the Heart

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Bones in a backyard bomb shelter reactivate a San Francisco cold case and a painful connection for Raveneau after missing Ann Coryell’s desperate call for help a decade ago. But he sees something much darker in threats made by online followers of historian Coryell’s writings on genocide. Nothing pieces together, but all the pieces fit . . . Raveneau edges closer to a core group who are certain the time for retribution is now, but will he be able to stop them in time?

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Overview

Bones in a backyard bomb shelter reactivate a San Francisco cold case and a painful connection for Raveneau after missing Ann Coryell’s desperate call for help a decade ago. But he sees something much darker in threats made by online followers of historian Coryell’s writings on genocide. Nothing pieces together, but all the pieces fit . . . Raveneau edges closer to a core group who are certain the time for retribution is now, but will he be able to stop them in time?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An unusual plot distinguishes Russell’s third procedural featuring San Francisco homicide inspector Ben Raveneau (after 2012’s Counterfeit Road). The disappearance of grad student Ann Coryell in 2002 has always haunted the inspector, who was the last to see her alive and missed a late-night phone call from her asking for help. A decade later, the discovery of a bomb shelter, found to contain 14 skulls, near where she was last seen reopens the cold case and its psychic wounds. The detective comes to wonder whether the tragedy was linked to Coryell’s area of study, the genocide of the Native Americans, a crime that she believed the U.S. still needs to come to terms with. After a call threatening violence in retaliation for 19th-century American expansion, the search for the truth about what happened to Coryell becomes a race against the clock. Polished writing and well-constructed situations make this one of Russell’s better books. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency. (Apr.)
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Solid writing, a twisted, keep-’em-guessing plot, and a likable rogue hero drive this entertaining thriller.
Booklist on One Through the Heart

“Polished writing and well-constructed situations make this one of Russell’s better books”
Publishers Weekly on One Through the Heart

“Seasoned pro Russell showcases sturdy police work on a complicated case.”
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Kirkus Reviews
Nothing turns a cold case hotter than two partial skeletons and 14 skulls. When pop historian and author Albert Lash, suffering from ALS, sells his San Francisco house and moves to an assisted living facility, the new tenants are disconcerted to find a gruesomely decorated bomb shelter under the floorboards of the garden shed, which is scheduled for demolition. Over a dozen skulls are neatly stacked against a wall, two partial skeletons lie beside them, and there is a filthy mattress with attached restraints and copious blood splatters. Could this be where Ann Coryell, a graduate student working on her thesis about the effect of unreconciled genocide on the collective unconscious, died 10 years ago? Lash, her mentor and lover, had been considered a suspect. But the original detectives on the case, one a drunk and the other now retired, made no headway. Homicide cop Ben Raveneau, now assigned to cold cases (Counterfeit Road, 2012, etc.), still has nightmares about missing a call from Ann that might have saved her. Ann's mother still suffers guilt over refusing her pleas for help. Brandon Lindsley, who harbors a grudge against Lash for reneging on an agreement to collaborate with him on three books, leads Raveneau to members of a minicult devoted to Ann's theories. In short order, the FBI gets involved, along with a Missouri sheriff. Incendiary bombs set much of the California forest ablaze, and Lash nearly succumbs to radiation poisoning. Worse, nobody--not the FBI, the veteran cops or the cultists--confides everything Raveneau needs to know. More must die, pseudonyms reveal their secrets and all those bones finally get identified before Raveneau can settle down for wine and pizza with his girlfriend. Seasoned pro Russell showcases sturdy police work on a complicated case.
Booklist
"Solid writing, a twisted, keep-’em-guessing plot, and a likable rogue hero drive this entertaining thriller"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727882400
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: A Ben Raveneau Series , #3
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kirk Russell lives in Berkeley, California. He is married with two daughters and is the author of the highly-acclaimed John Marquez crime series and Ben Raveneau thrillers.

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  • Posted May 29, 2013

    This novel really intrigued me. Of course it's another Sa Franci

    This novel really intrigued me. Of course it's another Sa Francisco noir, with all the unique characters and great descriptions of the the Bay Area. Our Ben Raveneau and Liz La Rosa are back to solve who put the skulls and skeletons in the bomb shelter. Very well written and kept me up at nights until I finished it. Well done.

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