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Hide Paperback – Jan. 1 2023
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From acclaimed author Tracy Clark comes a page-turning mystery featuring hard-boiled Chicago detective Harriet Foster, who’s on the hunt for a serial killer with a deadly affinity for redheads.
When a young red-haired woman is found brutally murdered in downtown Chicago, one detail stands out: the red lipstick encircling her wrists and ankles.
Detective Harriet Foster is on the case, even though she’s still grieving the sudden death of her partner. As a Black woman in a male-dominated department, Foster anticipates a rocky road ahead acclimating to a new team―and building trust with her new partner isn’t coming easily.
After another victim turns up with the same lipstick markings, Foster suspects she’s looking for a serial killer. Through a tip from a psychiatrist, Foster learns about Bodie Morgan: a troubled man with a twisted past and a penchant for pretty young redheads with the bluest eyes. As Foster wades into Morgan’s sinister history, the killer continues their gruesome assault on Chicago’s streets.
In her desperate race to catch the murderer before they strike again, Foster will have to confront the darkest of secrets―including her own.
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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
About the Author
Tracy Clark is the author of the highly acclaimed Cass Raines Chicago Mystery series, featuring Cassandra Raines, a hard-driving African American PI who works the mean streets of the Windy City dodging cops, cons, and killers. Clark received Anthony Award and Lefty Award nominations for her series debut, Broken Places, which was shortlisted for the American Library Association’s RUSA Reading List and named a CrimeReads Best New PI Book of 2018, a Midwest Connections Pick, and a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Broken Places has since been optioned by Sony Pictures Television. Tracy’s short story “For Services Rendered” appears in the anthology Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors. She is the winner of the 2020 and 2022 G.P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award, also receiving a 2022 nomination for the Edgar Award for best short story for “Lucky Thirteen,” which appears in the crime fiction anthology Midnight Hour. A Chicago native, she works as an editor in the challenging newspaper business and roots for all Chicago sports teams equally. She’s a proud member of Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, and she sits on the boards of Bouchercon National and the Midwest Mystery Conference. Find her on Facebook (https://facebook.com/tclarkbooks), Twitter (@tracypc6161), Instagram (@tpclark2000), or her website (https://tracyclarkbooks.com).
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (Jan. 1 2023)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 380 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542037573
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542037570
- Item weight : 363 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #463,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #5,125 in Serial Killer Thrillers
- #5,448 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
- #11,576 in Police Procedurals (Books)
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A shame as would probably have been quite enjoyable had everything not been focussed on race.
I get why a US based crime writer might be overly obsessed by race but it makes no odds to me and I just found it tiresome.
The vibe is very different to that of Grafton. It is harder-edged, more intense and doesn’t have the humour. The characters are beautifully written and well-rounded, with believable back-stories and interactions. Did I work out what was going on? Yes, but that’s not unusual for me; the thing that was unusual was that although I had worked it out, and most of the aspects too, I wasn’t 100% certain until the author gave her secrets away. That is rare and I loved it!
If I was to find something to picky about, it would be over a couple of characters that were quite well developed to a point, and then left hanging with no natural conclusion. It could be that there is an intention to bring them back in more detail in future novels, but it still felt as though there could have been something more definitive to conclude their journey in this one. In general, the book could have been a little tighter, particularly in the middle section, but that comes down to personal taste, and it didn't detract from a fabulous piece of work.
All-in-all, I recommend this book. It’s well-worth a read.