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In Elizabeth Becka's latest highly suspenseful novel, forensic scientist Evelyn James returns to investigate a harrowing series of crimes--only to find that no one is safe.

Evelyn James is a forensic specialist in the Cleveland Medical Examiner's office who's juggling a demanding workload, a teenage daughter from a failed marriage, and a homicide detective boyfriend. And ...
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Overview

In Elizabeth Becka's latest highly suspenseful novel, forensic scientist Evelyn James returns to investigate a harrowing series of crimes--only to find that no one is safe.

Evelyn James is a forensic specialist in the Cleveland Medical Examiner's office who's juggling a demanding workload, a teenage daughter from a failed marriage, and a homicide detective boyfriend. And somehow she always happens to be involved in some of the twistiest, most challenging crime scenes imaginable.

This time around she's called in to investigate what appears to be a locked-room mystery: A wealthy woman is murdered in the penthouse suite of a luxurious, high-security building. The building's intricate surveillance system didn't pick up anything, the entrance wasn't forced, and the victim's husband has an airtight alibi. Cases like this, Evelyn knows, can turn on the most microscopic piece of evidence--if she can find any. Things look even trickier when another victim turns up in another penthouse suite. Then Evelyn's best friend is attacked--and things get personal. And when a third person is found dead, Evelyn realizes that the killer's choice of victim is anything but random. . . .
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Following in the tradition of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta forensic series, Becka's sequel to her debut thriller, Trace Evidence, once again features Evelyn James, a forensic specialist in the Cleveland Medical Examiner's Office. Two women, with no apparent connection to each other, are found murdered in their immaculate and seemingly impenetrable homes, and a third woman, Evelyn's assistant, is discovered near death in her apartment building. There are no signs of forced entry and scant amounts of evidence and information. As Evelyn attempts to investigate, she also must cope with a lack of sleep, a teenage daughter, and a cop boyfriend pressuring her for a commitment. Although Becka uses story and character formulas not unlike Cornwell's, her Evelyn James character stands apart because she focuses on the trace evidence from crime scenes (and less on the physical findings derived from autopsies), has a more complicated set of relationships, and exhibits a good deal of humor and vulnerability, so readers can relate to her easily. This fast-paced, well-written, and entertaining narrative leaves the reader wanting the next book in the series. Recommended for all thriller and popular fiction collections.
—Nicole A. Cooke

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401395803
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 231,638
  • File size: 626 KB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Becka is a forensic specialist working with the Cape Coral, Florida, police department. Formerly with the Coroner's Office of Cleveland, Ohio, she has lectured to students and officers, has testified as an expert witness forty times, and is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Good mysteries

    This is the second mystery by Elizabeth Becka that I've read. While not the best mystery I've ever read, it is well worth the effort.

    One warning! In my copy, the text starts with Chapter 2. Chapter 1 shows up between Chapters 9 and 10. I didn't realize that until I found Chapter 1 as the next chaper, having read Chapters 2-9. Your copy may not have this glitch, but check before you start reading.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

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    Worthy Forensic Follow-up to Trace Evidence.

    We were introduced to Cleveland Medical Examiner Evelyn James in Trace Evidence. Readers like her because she is an Everywoman just trying to raise her teen daughter, pursue a new relationship, and do her job to the best of her ability. The fact that her job involves a whole lot of scooping up dead people, well, that just makes Evelyn more interesting and presumably provides her with some scintillating stories at cocktail parties. This book involves the murder of a young wife in a high rise and if elevators give you the screaming meemies - one of my personal rings of Hell involves an elevator forever jolting between 2 floors, never quite allowing you to escape at either one - then the finale of this one will give you sweaty nightmares. Becka uses Cleveland as almost another character in a fashion similar to the mother/daughter mystery team of P.J. Tracy.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Readers will like this forensic police tale

    Cleveland Medical Examiner Evelyn James knows her life is full between work and her personal relationships. A single mom Evelyn struggles not to murder her glowering teenage daughter Angel and tries to separate her romance with homicide detective David Milaski from their work together.------------- The current case involves the murder of twenty-eight years old affluent Grace Markham in her locked apartment inside a secure building. Not too long after the homicide, Metro General Hospital ER Doctor Bailey calls her at two in the morning because someone assaulted her friend Marissa Gonzalez, who lives in the same building as Grace did. Another similar homicide occurs. Evelyn, David and his partner, Bruce Riley investigate trying to find the link between the victims at a time the case load starting with the Lake Erie underwater explosion affirms to Evelyn that twenty-four hours is not enough time in a day.-------------- The anti Kay Scarpetta 'personality that is', Evelyn holds this strong police procedural together. The story line is fast-paced from the onset as Evelyn and the police team look for clues at the Markham crime scene and never slows down even when she investigate the Lake Erie explosion while almost crapping in her underwear out of fear. Readers will like this forensic police tale and seek Evelyn¿s previous appearance 'see TRACE EVIDENCE'.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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