Praise for Tracy Clark
“A Chicago cop still mourning her late partner transfers to a new precinct just in time to catch a truly creepy case. Solid…work from a writer who knows the dark side of the Windy City.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[Det. Harriet] Foster’s dogged approach to catching killers will resonate with Michael Connelly fans. May the wait for the second Harriet Foster police procedural be brief.” —Publishers Weekly
“Hide is an astonishing crime novel that broke my heart and then sewed it back together again, stronger than before. It hits all the right notes—a captivating protagonist up against a nightmarish serial killer, their hunt played out across a Chicago so immersive, so flawlessly rendered, that you can hear your own footsteps slapping the streets—while managing to create something completely unique. One of the best books I’ve read in years.” —Jess Lourey, Amazon Charts bestselling author
“Tracy Clark’s not-so-hidden talent is for conjuring characters who are engaging and achingly real. Detective Harri Foster is a stellar recruit to her new team and to our crime fiction shelves. Hide is a page-turner with heart.” —Lori Rader-Day, Agatha Award–winning author of Death at Greenway
“You know those books that are wonderful, but that envy, the worm in the bud, makes you shy away from praising because you wish you’d created that prose or those insights? Runner by Tracy Clark. She understands the streets, kids, the way a PI and a cop really work. Kudos.” —Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author of the V.I. Warshawski series and cofounder of Sisters in Crime
“Clark writes with purpose, her sense of social justice never venturing into dogma but remaining fully rooted in Raines’s actions and personality. She saves, but is no savior, because she operates in a world where survival is the benchmark, and pain remains in the aftermath.” —The New York Times
“Clark has a unique voice in the PI genre, one that is articulate, daring, and ultimately hopeful.” —S.A. Cosby, Anthony and ITW award-winner, The Washington Post
“Engrossing and superbly written—I can’t say enough good things about Broken Places!” —Lisa Black, New York Times bestselling author of That Darkness and Unpunished
“Unforgettable…Distinctive, vividly written characters lift this promising debut. Readers will be eager for the sequel.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Clark’s compelling, suspenseful, and action-packed debut introduces a dogged, tough African American woman investigator who is complex and courageous and surrounded by a family of fascinating misfits. Fans of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone or Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski will welcome Cass Raines to their ranks.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“This street-smart first mystery boasts great characterization and a terrific new protagonist. Get this writer on your radar now.” —Booklist
A Chicago cop still mourning her late partner transfers to a new precinct just in time to catch a truly creepy case.
There’s no question of Det. Harriet Foster returning from two months’ leave to her old precinct, which is haunted by her memories of Det. Glynnis Thompson from before and after her suicide. When Sgt. Sharon Griffin, her new boss, partners her with Det. Jim Lonergan, aptly describing him as a serviceable asshole, the two tackle the fatal stabbing of DePaul student Peggy Birch, an activist working to reform the police force, on the Riverwalk. Lonergan naturally assumes that Keith Ainsley, the Northwestern student found unconscious a few feet from the body, is responsible, but Harriet is less ready to sweat Ainsley, partly because, like him, she’s Black, partly because Lonergan puts her back up. No sooner has the forensic lab announced that the blood on Ainsley’s clothes isn’t Peggy’s than a second corpse turns up, this one sporting the patch of Peggy’s blood that Lonergan had longed to find on Ainsley. A third murder makes it seem more likely that a serial killer who preys on red-haired women is at work. As psychiatrist Mariana Silva inserts herself into the case with a persistence that doesn’t bode well for her own life span, a succession of cutaways to the twins Bodie and Amelia Morgan—whose father, accountant Tom Morgan, felt compelled years ago to kill a series of redheads—broadly implies that the new murders are very much a family affair. But which member of the family?
Solid, unspectacular work from a writer who knows the dark side of the Windy City.