Cold-Blooded Liar

Berkley. (San Diego Case Files, Bk. 1). Mar. 2023. 464p. ISBN 9780593548868. $28. M
Best-selling Rose (Quarter to Midnight) brings readers an unforgettable series debut—an expertly constructed, twisty thriller/police procedural, starring Kit McKittrick, a dedicated cop, and Sam Reeves, a heart of gold psychologist. Sam has a dilemma when one of his patients, a mythomaniac, starts revealing information about a possible connection to a series of unsolved murders. Wanting to do the right thing but needing to be careful because he could lose his license, he picks a devoted homicide cop to make an anonymous report to. After identifying the tipster as Sam, Kit and her partner show up to question him and have no choice but to arrest him when he resists. However, Kit and Sam are soon working together to prevent a heinous killer from striking again. Rose gives her audience many impressive costars and a diabolical villain, leaving even the savviest of readers on pins and needles throughout the novel and absolutely shocked at the ending.
VERDICT Fans of strong female protagonists, titillating crime dramas, and the novels of Lisa Gardner, Lisa Jackson, and Rose herself will find this unputdownable.
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