Pretty Little Things

Pretty Little Things

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by Jilliane Hoffman
     
 

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Thirteen-year-old Lainey Emerson is the middle child in a home police are already familiar with: her mom works too much and her stepfather favors his own blood over another man’s problems—namely Lainey and her wild older sister. When Lainey fails to come home from a night out with friends, her disappearance is dismissed by the Coral Springs Police

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Thirteen-year-old Lainey Emerson is the middle child in a home police are already familiar with: her mom works too much and her stepfather favors his own blood over another man’s problems—namely Lainey and her wild older sister. When Lainey fails to come home from a night out with friends, her disappearance is dismissed by the Coral Springs Police Department as just another disillusioned South Florida teen running away from suburban drama and an unhappy home life.

But Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Bobby Dees, who heads up the department’s difficult Crimes Against Children squad, is not quite so sure. Nicknamed “The Shepherd” by colleagues, he has an uncanny ability to find the missing and bring them back home—dead or alive. After a search of Lainey’s computer and a frank talk with her best friend reveal the teen was involved in a secret internet relationship, Bobby suspects she may be the victim of an online predator. And when chilling evidence of other possible victims is sent to a local Miami television station, he fears she may not be the only one.

The faceless monster from cyberspace, who has gone to remarkable lengths to stay invisible, now seeks a captive audience. And it’s Bobby Dees he wants watching. Haunted by the still-unsolved disappearance of his own teenage daughter, Bobby will find himself pulled into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the most prolific killer he’s ever encountered. But will he be able to save Lainey and the others before it’s too late?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Some twists and turns in Hoffman's stand-alone thriller may leave readers scratching their heads, but the suspense ratchets up to such a high pitch that most will keep flipping pages till the end. Coincidentally, the 16-year-old daughter of Bobby Dees, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) special agent supervisor, a leading expert on discovering the fate of missing children, has been gone without a trace for almost a year. But that doesn't keep Bobby from being one of the best at his job. His immediate concern is the fate of 13-year-old Lainey Emerson, who's in the hands of a sadistic serial kidnapper known as "Picasso" for his bizarre depictions of his victims delivered to TV reporter Mark Felding. While Picasso taunts Bobby, Felding turns up the media heat on the investigation. Hoffman (Plea of Insanity) paints a scary picture of sexual predators, vulnerable teens, and the shared hunting ground/playground that the Internet provides. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Hoffman's (Last Witness; Plea of Insanity) fourth Florida thriller switches from the courtroom to the squad room as Special Agent Bobby Dees tracks a killer targeting "throwaway kids"—troubled teens who might easily be mistaken for runaways. As news coverage grows, the killer taunts the cops and the media by sending a local TV reporter hand-painted portraits of missing teens—and possible victims. As the police build a profile of "Picasso," who appears to be posing in online chat rooms as a teenage boy and winning the trust of insecure and unhappy girls, alternate scenes show Picasso planning his gruesome crimes. These cases resonate with Dees, as his own daughter disappeared a year ago, and he and his wife continue to hope that she's "just" a runaway who will call one day asking to come home. VERDICT A fast-paced thriller sure to please fans of James Patterson and John Sandford. [Six-city author tour.]—Karen Kleckner, Deerfield P.L., IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477849521
Publisher:
Thomas & Mercer
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Pages:
415
Sales rank:
570,685
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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