Satan's Lambs

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Lena Padgett was a mild-mannered grad student in a quiet Kentucky town until her sister was brutally murdered, and everything changed. Over the seven years that the killer has been in prison, Lena has honed her anger to a razor's edge, working as a private eye for women too scared to help themselves. But with her sister's killer out of jail-and high on the twisted beliefs of the religious cult that raised him-Lena is suddenly her own most desperate client. And on this go-round, she'll need every weapon she can ...

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Overview

Lena Padgett was a mild-mannered grad student in a quiet Kentucky town until her sister was brutally murdered, and everything changed. Over the seven years that the killer has been in prison, Lena has honed her anger to a razor's edge, working as a private eye for women too scared to help themselves. But with her sister's killer out of jail-and high on the twisted beliefs of the religious cult that raised him-Lena is suddenly her own most desperate client. And on this go-round, she'll need every weapon she can muster to avoid becoming another lamb to the slaughter.

After her brother-in-law kills her sister and her nephew, Lena becomes a PI and advocate for abused women and children whom the police and the legal system neglect. Hired to find a missing child who has been kidnapped by a brutal cult, Lena races against time to save the child's life. Hightower is the acclaimed author of Alien Blues.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Woman's intuition takes on the power of Satan in this hokey but entertaining thriller set in Tennessee and Kentucky. Lena Padget's life changed drastically seven years ago, when her brother-in-law, fanatical Satanist Jeff Hayes, brutally murdered her pregnant sister and two-year-old nephew. Determined to protect other vulnerable women, Lena became a private eye, specializing in cases of abuse and endangerment. Jeff, now out on parole, harasses her with menacing phone calls and sinister trinkets left in her home. When his partner, Archie Valetta, is also released, Valetta's ex-wife Eloise fearfully enlists Lena's services; nonetheless, Archie manages to brutalize Eloise and kidnap her four-year-old son Charlie. Lena soon learns that the hardcore, Satanic cult to which Jeff and Archie both belong intends to use Charlie as a human sacrifice--unless she can find him first. Hightower ( Alien Blues ) brings off this improbable plot with more panache than one might expect. Her prose is clear and the pacing break-neck. The emphasis on maternal instinct and feminine intuition is unconvincing, as is the formulaic romantic element. Hightower also fails to bring Jeff to life and thus never makes Satan-worship or its evil practitioners a credible threat. (June)
Library Journal
Seven years ago, Lena Padget's brother-in-law, a member of a hard-core satanic cult, killed his pregnant wife and their two-year-old son. Now he is getting out on parole and is after Lena. At the same time, his partner is also getting out of prison and is threatening his ex-wife. Lena, a private investigator, and policeman friend Joel Mendez try to stop a tragedy in the making. Mixing the terror created by the cult members and the kidnapping of a four-year-old boy who is to be used as a sacrifice, Hightower, author of the futurist police procedural Alien Blues (Ace, 1992), has written a riveting novel of suspense. The Kentucky-Tennessee setting is refreshing, the descriptions of cult practices horrifying, and the events believable. Hightower is a writer of tremendous quality. Literary Guild alternate.-- Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio
Kirkus Reviews
The drive for this suspense grabber set in Kentucky, about the search for a child held by cult creeps, is supplied by the tough, jumpy, compassionate-to-hurting p.i. Lena Padget, specializing in crimes aimed at women and children—ever since her cult-immersed brother-in-law Jeff killed Lena's sister and his own little son. Jeff is now out on parole—and on the prowl—as is another choice ex-con, Archie (robbery and associated arts his specialties). Archie returns to wife Eloise to find his loot. She barely escapes with her life, but Archie runs off with her four-year-old son, Charlie, in spite of Lena's swinging baseball bat. Will Lena find Charlie before there's a cult sacrifice? Partnering Lena is police sergeant Joel Mendez, to whom Lena is attracted even through the grief for her sister (why couldn't the police have come in time?). The pair call in favors and spread the net; Lena interviews a mental patient and former cult member, treks back and forth to Tennessee, where Charlie was last seen, combs woods with a park ranger, and, in the tandem work with Mendez, makes the final guess and call, and has a deadly last laugh. For Hightower's first hardcover: Great talk, heavy action, and, in Lena, a gritty lady with a future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933397061
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Lena Padget Mysteries Series
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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