first glance it appears to be a random multiple murder--a prominent
plastic surgeon and his nurse and receptionist shot dead in
their plush Century City office. But to Jessie Dreake, the savage
nature of Dr. Ronald Bushnell's fatal wounds suggests a crime
of intense passion...and bitter retribution.
her suspicions, the conscience-driven detective takes her investigation
to the core of the seemingly harmonious family life of the slain
surgeon. On the surface, Bushnell had everything: respect, money,
a palatial home, a loving wife and daughter. But there is a
joker in the deck, Bushnell's foster son, Ethan Meissner--a
troubled young loner with dark periods in his history. And the
boy hasn't been seen since the murders.
unexplained disappearance suggests that the runaway knows something;
he may be a material witness in a triple homicide or a premeditated
killer...or another victim. The search for the missing teeanger
takes Jessie across many volatile borders--thoes between nations,
between families, and the razor-thin one that separates love
the truth lies somewhere in a harrowing past of tainted blood
and horrific personal tragedy. the deeper Jessie ventures into
this shadow world of cruelty and secrest, the more she is haunted
by the echoes of a lost soul's unanswered cry for help...and
by the most heinous crime of all, in which the sins of the guilty
are visited on the innocent.
for Shadows of Sin:
"With a complex plot more dizzying than a roller coaser ride,
Krich again delivers a well-written...suspense-packed novel.
The compassionate Jessie [Drake] nearly becomes another victim
in a harrowing finale that leaves the reader limp. Fans of Faye
Kellerman and Susan Isaacs should go for Krich."
"Krich cleverly mixes the professional and personal mysteries
as she steadily applies pressure to her overworked heroine.
The writing is crisp and compelling, the police work convincingly
detailed, the ending both suspenseful and satisfying."
"Clever twists and a bang-up conclusion... [Jessie] Drake's
appeal is in her authenticity: she's smart but not too smart,
vulnerable but not an easy target. In all she's a refreshing
change for readers who want a break from Sara Paretsky's hard-driving
V.I. Warshawski and Sue Grafton's unsentimental Kinsey Milhone."
"Well written and engrossing"
"An intricately plotted, beautifully written novel. Krich
has incorporated marvelous, believable twists and turns that
make this book impossible to put down. The theology is seamlessly
woven into the story; one learns so much, but there's nothing
didactic about her storytelling. The characters are not only
realistic, but also fascinating. ...Krich has given mystery
readers of all stripes (cozy and hard-boiled fans should be
equally entertained) a terrific book that will likely and deservedly
appear on many top 10 lists at the end of the year."
Hand Held Crime
"SHADOWS OF SIN is a nicely balanced, complex but not overwrought
book with an appealing main character and tense, tight plotting.
Questions of good and evil are woven into the story but never
become preachy, and the pace is well-calculated. Certainly,
if you want a beautifully executed and thoughtful book, look
this one up."
"A styllish thriller that grips the reader from the start.
Ms. Krich tells an extremely suspensful tale that will keep
you guessing until the final page is turned."
"An interesting puzzler"
Jekyll's Golden Islander
"Krich is a gifted writer who draws the reader into a maze."