The Third Victim (FBI Profiler Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lisa Gardner's Love You More and from the network that brought you Mad Men, and The Walking Dead, comes an addictive crime thriller with crushing twists. Get an exclusive peek at the script for The Killing, AMC?s newest original series, which tracks the murder of a Seattle teenager and the gripping investigation it sparks. April 3 ...
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Overview

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lisa Gardner's Love You More and from the network that brought you Mad Men, and The Walking Dead, comes an addictive crime thriller with crushing twists. Get an exclusive peek at the script for The Killing, AMC’s newest original series, which tracks the murder of a Seattle teenager and the gripping investigation it sparks. April 3 at 9/8c, only on AMC.

The past isn't over....

An unspeakable act has ripped apart the idyllic town of Bakersville, Oregon, and its once-peaceful residents are demanding quick justice. But though a boy has confessed to the horrific crime, evidence shows he may not be guilty.

Officer Rainie Conner, leading her first homicide investigation, stands at the center of the controversy. It's hitting too close to home, bringing back her worst nightmares, threatening to expose her secret sins. But with the boy's life at stake, she won't let anything stop her from finding the real killer.

With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, Rainie comes closer to a deadly truth than she can imagine. Because out there in the shadows a man watches her and plots his next move. He knows her secrets. He kills for sport. He's already brought death to Bakersville and forever shattered the community. But what he has really come for is Rainie -- and he won't leave until he has destroyed her....
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Editorial Reviews

Toby Bromberg
The Third Victim is a heart-stopping novel, a story to get under your skin and haunt you. The action and the tension never let up from first page to last. As timely as today’s headlines, this is a one-of-a-kind book.
Romantic Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her new thriller (following The Other Daughter), Gardner deftly probes the psychology of school shootings while developing a cast of complex, compelling characters. Rainie Conner initially joined the small-town police force in Bakersville, Ore., to escape the ghosts of her past. When she responds to a call from the local school and discovers students screaming, bodies lying inert in the rooms and one young boy holding two guns, however, Rainie find herself leading a controversial investigation and struggling to contain her childhood memories. The fact that the boy is the son of the town sheriff, Rainie's superior and friend, only intensifies the pressure Rainie endures from members of the community, the FBI and the media. Although she tries desperately to do her work amid the growing criticism, Rainie begins to question her own fragile psychological stability. Fortunately, she finds solace in the arrival of the gentlemanly Pierce Quincy, an FBI profiler with a sharp mind and a soft shoulder. The duo eventually reach the conclusion that someone else must be responsible for the massacre, someone who may have recruited the boy to do the shootings. A suspenseful, curl-up winter read, this thriller teems with crisp, realistic dialogue and engaging characters. (Feb.) Forecast: Even though Gardner has only three titles under her belt, her adept use of language and her strong characterizations will ensure her a broad, loyal following. Readers won't be disappointed to learn that Special Agent Pierce Quincy will reappear in her next offering, which is still untitled. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A suspenseful, curl-up winter read, this thriller teems with crisp, realistic dialogue and engaging characters."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Riveting, hold-your-breath suspense."
— Iris Johansen

Don't miss these chilling novels from a new master of the thriller, Lisa Gardner:

The Perfect Husband
"A dark, powerful tale of nerve-shattering suspense."
— Tami Hoag

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"Sheer terror...a great read."
— Iris Johansen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553900880
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: FBI Profiler Series , #2
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 11,130
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Lisa Gardner
Lisa Gardner is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Love You More, Live to Tell, Hide, Alone, and The Neighbor, winner of the International Thriller Writers’ Award. Her FBI Profiler novels include Say Goodbye, Gone, The Killing Hour, The Next Accident, and The Third Victim. She lives with her family in New England.


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Tuesday, May 15, 1:25 p.m.

Officer Lorraine Conner was sitting in a red vinyl booth at Martha's Diner, picking at her tuna salad and listening to Frank and Doug gossip, when the call first came in. She was sitting alone in the booth, eating salad because she'd just turned thirty-one and was beginning to notice that the pounds didn't magically melt away the way they had when she was twenty-one, or hell, even twenty-seven. She could still run a six-minute mile and slip into a size 8, but thirty-one was fundamentally different from thirty. She spent more time arranging her long chestnut hair to earn those second glances. And for lunches, she traded in cheeseburgers for tuna salad, five days a week.

Rainie's partner that day was twenty-two-year-old volunteer police officer Charles Cunningham, aka Chuckie. Known in the lingo of the tiny police department of Bakersville, Oregon as a "green rookie," Chuckie hadn't yet gone to the nine-month-long training school. That meant he was allowed to look but not touch. Full authority would come when he completed the required academy courses and received his certificate. In the meantime, he got to gain experience by going on patrols and writing up reports. He also got to wear the standard tan uniform and carry a gun. Chuckie was a pretty happy guy.

Before the call came in, he was up at the lunch counter, trying to work some magic on a leggy blond waitress named Cindy. He had his chest puffed out, his knee crooked forward, and his hand resting lightly on his sidearm. Cindy, on the other hand, was trying to serve up slices of Martha's homemade blueberry pie to six farmers at once. One cantankerous old man muttered at the rookie to get out of the way. Chuckie grinned harder.

In the booth behind Rainie, retired dairymen Doug Atkens and Frank Winslow started placing their bets.

"Ten dollars says she caves," Doug announced, slapping a crumpled bill on the pink Formica table.

"Twenty says she dumps a glass of ice water over Romeo's head," Frank countered, reaching for his wallet. "I know for a fact that Cindy would rather earn good tips than Clark Gable's heart."

Rainie gave up on her salad and turned around to face the two men. It was a slow afternoon and she had nothing better to do with her time, so she said, "I'll take a piece of that."

"Hello there, Rainie." Frank and Doug, friends for nearly fifty years, smiled as a single unit. Frank had bluer eyes in his sun-weathered face, but Doug had more hair. Both men wore red-checked western shirts with pearl snaps -- their official dress shirts for an afternoon spent out on the town. In the winter, they topped their shirts with brown suede blazers and cream-colored cowboy hats. Rainie once accused them of trying to impersonate the Marlboro Man. At their ages, they took that as a compliment.

"Slow day?" Doug asked.

"Slow month. It's May. The sun is out. Everyone is too damn happy to fight."

"Ahh, no juicy domestic disputes?"

"Not even a quibble over whose dog is depositing what souvenirs in whose yard. If this good weather continues, I'm gonna be out of a job."

"A beautiful woman like you doesn't need a job," Frank said. "You need a man."

"Yeah? And after thirty seconds, what would I do?"

Frank and Doug chortled; Rainie winked. She liked Frank and Doug. Every Tuesday for as long as she could remember, she would find them sitting at that booth in this diner at precisely one p.m. The sun rose, the sun set. Frank and Doug ate Martha's Tuesday meatloaf special. It worked.

Now Rainie tossed ten bucks into the pot in Chuckie's favor. She'd seen the young Don Juan in action before, and Bakersville's young ladies simply loved his dimpled smile.

"So what d'you think of the new volunteer?" Doug asked, jerking his head toward the lunch counter.

"What's there to think? Writing traffic tickets isn't brain surgery."

"Heard you two had a little encounter with a German shepherd last week," Frank said.

Rainie grimaced. "Rabies. Damn fine animal too."

"Did he really charge Romeo?"

"All ninety pounds."

"We heard Chuckie 'bout peed his pants."

"I don't think Chuckie likes dogs."

"Walt said you took the shepherd out. Clean shot to the head."

"That's why they pay me the big bucks -- so I can counsel drunks and shoot household pets."

"Come on, Rainie. Walt said it was a tough shot. Those dogs move fast. Chuckie indebted to you now?"

Rainie eyed the rookie, still puffed up like a rooster at the lunch counter. She said, "I think Chuckie's scared shitless of me now."

Frank and Doug laughed again. Then Frank leaned forward, a gleam in his old blue eyes as he started fishing for real gossip.

"Shep must like having more help," he said meaningfully.

Rainie eyed the bait, then refused the offer. "All sheriffs like getting people willing to work for free," she said neutrally. It was true enough. Bakersville's modest budget allowed for only one full-time sheriff and two full-time officers -- Rainie and Luke Hayes. The other six patrolmen were strictly volunteers. They not only donated their time for free but they paid for their own training, uniforms, vests, and guns. Lots of small towns used this system. After all, the majority of calls dealt with domestic disputes and crimes against property. Nothing a few good people with level heads couldn't handle.

"I hear Shep is cutting back his hours," Doug prompted.

"I don't keep track."

"Come on, Rainie. Everyone knows Shep and Sandy are having their differences. Is he working on patching things up? Getting more comfortable with his wife having a job?"

"I just write up civil incidents, Frank. No spying for the taxpayers here."

"Ahh, give us a hint. We're going to the barbershop next, you know. Walt gives free haircuts if you provide fresh news."

Rainie rolled her eyes. "Walt already knows more than I do. Who do you think we call for information?"

"Walt does know everything," Frank grumbled. "Maybe we should open up a barbershop. Hell, any kind of moron oughtta be able to cut hair."

Rainie looked down at the two men's hands, twisted from a lifetime of hard work and swollen by a decade of arthritis. "I'd come in," she said bravely.

"See there, Doug. We could also pick up chicks."

Doug was impressed. He began contemplating the details, and Rainie decided it was time to exit stage right. She swiveled back around in her booth with a parting smile, then glanced at her watch. 1:30 p.m. No calls coming in, no reports from the morning to be written up. An unusually slow morning in an already slow town. She looked at Chuckie, whose cheeks had to be aching from that smile.

"Wrap it up, rookie," she muttered, and drummed her fingertips restlessly.

Unlike Charles Cunnigham, Rainie had never planned on becoming a cop. When she'd graduated from Bakersville High School, her first thought had been to get the hell out of dairyland. She'd had eighteen years of claustrophobia building up inside her and no family left to keep her chained. Freedom, that's what she needed. No more ghosts, or so she'd thought.

Rainie had boarded the first bus to Portland, where she'd enrolled at Portland State University and studied psychology. She'd liked her classes. She'd liked the young city brimming with cooking schools and art institutes and "alternative lifestyles." She'd gotten involved in a heady affair with a thirty-four-year-old assistant district attorney who'd driven a Porsche.

Nights spent taking over the wheel of the high-performance vehicle with all the windows rolled down. Putting the pedal to the metal and streaking up the sharp corners of Skyline Boulevard with the wind in her hair. Climbing higher, higher, higher, pushing harder, harder, harder. Searching for ... something.

From the Paperback edition.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Page Turner! Excellent

    I loved this book and dont know if this one was better or the first in the series! They were both so well written and the beauty is that it the author tied Quincy right into this book so seamlessly and even gave us more info on the first murderer. Without giving too much away, this is a must read. It is vivid, well written and definitely keeps you guessing! A great surprise ending as well.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Loved it

    Lisa gardner is an amazing author! All of her books keep me on the edge if my seat and make me want to read more. The Third Victim was no different. Great twists and great read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    LOVE THESE BOOKS!

    I do not read much at all.When i purchased the perfect husband,I couldnt stop reading.I am now on my third book.She is an amazing author..

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Not one of her better books

    Kids and killing ways hard to handly

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Recommended

    I recently discovered this author and love the stories....on the same level as James Patterson.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2011

    Great Story

    Didn't want to put it down..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    great book

    Like all if Lisa Gardners books, this one was another Winer. Great story and I had trouble putting it down. Keep up the great work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Great book!

    Full of suspense! Keeps u wanting to get to the next chapter

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Murder mystery

    Lisa Gardner's writing style is quick, suspenseful and I couldn't put it down. Read The Third Victim before The Next Accident.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    A great read!

    This was my first Lisa Gardner book and I have been a huge fan ever since. This is a book you can not put down! A must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Very riviting. Must read. Best if read in order of series.

    Loved all her books so far. Started out of order but so riviting I couldn't put them down. Keep the coming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Good

    It was not one of her better books, but I did enjoy it! Had a few twists in the end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Not as good as i first thought!

    This book was ok. Found it a little hard going. Lived the characters Quincy and Rainie, would like to see where their relationship will be in future books. This certainly wasn't as good as 'The Perfect Husband'.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    enjoyed

    This was a page turner however I was disappointed in the ending, the way it unraveled was a let down for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Could not stop reading.....

    The whole subject of the school shooting is heart wrenching for a mom to read, but that being said i couldnt stop reading it. I cant wait to read the next in the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Very entertaining.

    The Third Victim was an enjoyable read. The second in her FBI Profiler series, you get to interact with Pierce Quincy FBI Profiler again. What a great character. I recommend it. Off to start the 3rd in the series now...

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Great read

    This book was suspenseful and it was hard to put it down. I love all the books LIsa writes. She is a great writer and her story lines are just fantastic. Cant wait to read the next one This story was about a shooting in a school and was just so real. So much more to the story which keeps you in suspense,

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Great!

    Such a great story. The suspense was continual, I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2011

    Recommend it

    Great characters, suspenseful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2011

    Excellent read

    This was an exciting book

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