Trail of Blood

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Overview

Seventy-five years ago, the Torso Killer terrorized a city with a horrific spree of murder/dismemberments. He was never caught.

It would be impossible for the maniac to still be at large—and active—today . . .

A decapitated body has been found in a sealed room in an abandoned building—and forensic scientist Theresa MacLean believes the decades-old corpse is a previously unaccounted-for victim of the legendary psychopath. But the discovery of a ...

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Trail of Blood (Theresa MacLean Series #3)

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Overview

Seventy-five years ago, the Torso Killer terrorized a city with a horrific spree of murder/dismemberments. He was never caught.

It would be impossible for the maniac to still be at large—and active—today . . .

A decapitated body has been found in a sealed room in an abandoned building—and forensic scientist Theresa MacLean believes the decades-old corpse is a previously unaccounted-for victim of the legendary psychopath. But the discovery of a second body—newly slain and bearing the unmistakable signature of the Torso Killer—suggests the unthinkable: that a copycat serial killer is following in a madman’s bloody footprints.

A long-dormant nightmare has been reawakened as a dark history repeats itself. Theresa MacLean’s forensic investigation has opened a door into a terrifying past—a door someone desperately wants to keep closed . . . and will keep killing to make it so.

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Editorial Reviews

Associated Press
“Fans of the forensic mysteries “CSI” TV series and Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta novels will enjoy the emphasis on evidence. An amazing read that rivals…the best of the genre.”
Associated Press Staff
“Fans of the forensic mysteries “CSI” TV series and Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta novels will enjoy the emphasis on evidence. An amazing read that rivals…the best of the genre.”
Publishers Weekly
Two parallel serial murder cases 75 years apart drive former forensic scientist Black's compelling if formulaic third crime thriller starring Cleveland forensic scientist Theresa MacLean (after Evidence of Murder). When a mummified corpse turns up in an abandoned warehouse, the police believe the body to be a victim of the 1930s Torso Killer, the real-life perpetrator of Cleveland's first and still unsolved string of gruesome dismemberments. Then a copycat killer strikes. Black shifts between Theresa's Nancy Drewesque reason-defying chase of the present-day killer and the Depression-era pursuit of the original Torso Killer by James Miller, the honest Cleveland cop whose tragic death comes to obsess Theresa. On the personal front, the divorced, recently empty-nested Theresa, edgily nearing 40 a year after her fiancé's death, feels shaky about Chris Cavanaugh, a handsome hostage negotiator. Amid facile stereotypes and unconvincing plot twists, the fast-paced action hurtles to a breathless conclusion. (Sept.)
Library Journal
When forensic pathologist Theresa MacLean (Evidence of Murder) is called in to examine a slightly mummified corpse, she realizes it's a likely victim of the infamous Torso Killer, a serial murderer never caught despite the bold statements he left all over the train yards of Cleveland. It turns out the victim was a young detective trying to solve the cases. Locally born and bred, with police department lineage, Theresa and her cousin Frank Patrick grew up on tales about the Torso Killer. When a copycat killer starts in, both know they are chasing madness. Black constructs a compelling parallel story of the 1930s investigation with the modern-day pursuit. Readers may figure out the murderers—past and present—before Theresa does, but it's nonetheless a wild ride to the end of the line. VERDICT Black's carefully drawn descriptions of 1930s Cleveland and its rail yards create an intense feeling of suspense. True-crime buffs will appreciate her attention to accuracy. This third outing for Theresa will appeal to readers of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles series as well as fans of Michael Harvey's The Third Rail.—Teresa L. Jacobsen, Solano Cty. Lib., Fairfield, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061989360
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: Theresa MacLean Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 431,800
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Black

Lisa Black is the author of three previous thrillers featuring Theresa MacLean: Trail of Blood, Evidence of Murder, and Takeover. A latent fingerprint examiner and CSI in Florida and a former forensic scientist for the Cleveland coroner's office, she is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and has testified in more than fifty homicide trials. A native of Cleveland, she lives in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    I read this a long time ago

    I bought this book once a long time ago and did not make the connection from the description, but as soon as I read the first page I remembered. This would not have been so bad,but I did it with two of this author' s books. Both were worth a reread. I guess purchasing them twice, I could say they were doubly good. These books are graphic and pretty violent. They remind me of Patricia Cornwell's early books. This series is based on a woman forensic specialist as well and is very believable. No sex or cursing, but lots of gore. Well edited. I only noticed three mistakes in 330 pages. Recommended for readers 18 and up.

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    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    Enjoyed for the trip through historic Cleveland

    Being a Clevelander, I really enjoy how specific Lisa Black's Theresa MacLean novels are with regard to Cleveland landmarks.

    This book references Cleveland's "Torso" serial killer that plagued Cleveland in the 1930s. Those murders are being recreated, and Theresa MacLean must solve the mystery of who is the culprit.

    I've researched the Torso Murders in the past, and I was very pleased to see how meticulous Ms. Black was with her research; although this is a fictionalized account of the Torso Murders, she takes great pains to bring the past to life and help the reader understand just what was going on during that time in Cleveland. This is by far the best part of the story.

    The modern-day storyline has good pacing, and while it's a bit incredible at points, is a relatively solid 'whodunit.' While I don't think this is in any way a deep book that would be a good book club choice, it's definitely a good suspense novel. I've already purchased two of her other books for my nook and look forward to future novels from this author.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    A Riveting Read

    The discovery of a mutilated body is connected to a serial killer who caused havoc nearly a century ago. When the same type of mutilation is found on several bodies, it looks like the work of a copy-cat serial killer. The author takes us on a past and present journey that culminates in the identity of the two killers. This book was a thrilling ride that I did not want to get off. The non-stop action kept me turning the pages from the first paragraph to the last sentence. The suspense was so riveting, I didn't know which way I was being led. The back and forth between past and present was well written and I loved how they both meshed together.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    Creepy serial killer history meets modern day forensics!

    Just as 19th century London had its unsolved Jack the Ripper killings, so, too, did Cleveland, Ohio have a string of horrific and unsolved murders in the 1930s. Labeled the "Torso Killer" because of the remains he left of mutilated corpses, the killer was never found...not even by investigator Eliot Ness! When forensic scientist Theresa MacLean is called in to examine a headless corpse found on a building site, she discovers that the remains are over 70 years old which means it falls into the killing period covered by the infamous serial killer. What follows is a scary investigation which often leads the reader to flinch at Theresa's often reckless attempts to solve the crime. She is an Everywoman trying to raise a teen, considering a new relationship...oh, yeah, and trying to find a murderer who had eluded all attempts in the past to bring him to justice. Flasbacks give us the identity of the dead man, making him a flesh and blood character which lends his murder poignancy. Black's use of an actual historical crime as her jumping off point for this modern crime story gives it extra depth and, as always, Cleveland as a city lends its own character to the book.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2013

    Write is fair at best. The killer is easily exposed within the f

    Write is fair at best. The killer is easily exposed within the first few chapters and dances painfully along until the conclusion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Best suspense novel ever

    This book will have you wanting more. I promise you that when you pick up this book you will not want ro set it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Cool

    Good book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Mutesar

    Hello. She growled.

    1 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Tedious Reading

    If you are into guts and gore read it. I. Liked the concept of duel timelines but I thought I would never finish the book.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    Great read

    Will continue to read books from this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Loved 1 & 2 of this series, did not like this book (#3).

    I love to read patterson, cornwell, sandford, coulter, and any other good author. Give me a good book and I will finish it in a couple days, as I did with books 1 & 2 of this series, but give me a book that seems to ramble on with too much detail and I get bored. I skipped half this book and still felt like I didn't miss anything just by reading the last three chapters. I am going to purchase book 4 now in hopes that it measures up to the first and second in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Jason

    Ok.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

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    Great book.

    Great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Good suspense

    Nice jump between now and the 1930s when the original Torso murders in Cleveland occurred.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    GREAT READ!!

    This is my first book by Ms. Black. It was a really god read. I did find it interesting that part of the book delved into the true case of the "Torso Killer." She did a great job of weaving that historical case into a modern day mystery and I loved it!

    It started off kind of slow, but once it got rolling the mystery really pulled me in.

    Great first read by this author, I will definitely be looking for more from her!

    -- SPeeD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Haven't read yet

    Still on book #2.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    Terrific!

    Another good book. I am enjoying the Theresa Maclean series.

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

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    Page Turner

    Great book. Lots of twists and turns, but I figured out the culprit before the end. It was still a good read. Could be a bit graphic.

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

    Good read

    A good, simple read. Recommended.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Very slow reading and boring

    I usually like Lisa Black's books. I just could not get into this one. It was very slow, not enough excitement and not enough conversation. I didn't even finish it.

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