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The Girl in the Woods (A Waterman & Stark Thriller)

By Gregg Olsen

"OLSEN WILL SCARE YOU--AND you will LOVE IT." --Lee Child

"YOU'LL SLEEP WITH THE lighting fixtures ON AFTER analyzing GREGG OLSEN." --Allison Brennan

A schoolgirl chanced on it on a nature hike. A severed human foot donning red nail polish. A ugly yet useful clue that leads forensic pathologist Birdy Waterman down a far darker trail--to a deadly psychopath whose powers of persuasion appear to have no finish. in basic terms via teaming up with sheriff's detective Kendall Stark can Birdy wish to even the percentages in a dangerous video game. it is a fateful choice the killer desires them to make. And it is the basically approach Birdy and Kendall can locate their approach to a assassin who is able to kill back. . .

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"WICKEDLY shrewdpermanent! really TWISTED."--Lisa Gardner

"OLSEN WRITES RAPID-FIRE PAGE-TURNERS."--The Seattle instances

"GRABS YOU by means of THE THROAT."--Kay Hooper

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That sounds like faint compliment, health practitioner. ” “I don’t suggest it like that,” Birdy acknowledged. “This is lots to soak up. and very, past my specialty. I’m the forensic pathologist the following. I’m now not a detective. ” Birdy cherished Sarah. “But you think that like one. i do know you do. ” “I made this,” the more youthful girl stated. From the envelope, she passed Birdy a photograph of the plastic bag. at the again she’d written out a couple of questions at the hours of darkness ink of a felt tip pen. Who had entry to the janitor’s closet? Why may Darby be killed?

And he or she watched her each stream. Brenda regarded down on the notice. “How original,” she acknowledged, her tone pissed off and deadpan whilst. “Did you ship this? ” Kendall requested. “No,” Brenda stated. “I didn’t. I don’t even understand the place Tess the Mess lives. ” Kendall attempted to disarm Brenda by way of taking part in as much as her. “I wager you may get an individual to do something for you. ” Brenda turned around her shoulders a bit. “You don't know. ” Kendall didn’t take the bait. She had a fantastic notion what Brenda was once getting at. If she used to be going to have lunch later she didn’t wish the visible to hamper the joy of her meal.

The 2 ladies held their breath and the forensic pathologist lifted a frond of the fern that had partly lined the ankle. It was once too darkish to work out, so she crouched reduce and took a small Maglite from her bag. She grew to become at the flashlight and despatched a beam over the maggots. In reaction, the mass writhed just like the crowd doing the “wave” at a Seahawks video game. “Can you inform how lengthy the foot’s been the following? ” Kendall requested. Birdy leaned in—almost shut adequate to the touch it—though she by no means might have performed that. “Hard to claim whether it is 3rd or moment molt,” she acknowledged.

That’s why. ” Birdy didn’t cry. She by no means permit her mom see her cry. now not when you consider that she used to be a bit lady. possibly there has been a few fact to it? perhaps she had suggestion she was once greater than each person who stayed at the reservation? “What am I? ” there has been a mild flutter of her mother’s eyes, nearly a touch that she’d say anything. show anything. “Just go,” Natalie ultimately acknowledged. “All correct? i need to observe television and that i don’t want you pissing me off. simply depart. ” Birdy drove from Neah Bay to Port Orchard, vowing she’d by no means cross back—though she knew her unravel might fade.

Kendall picked up her badge, telephone, keys, and identity from the locker supplied for his or her garage. She glanced over at a demonstrate case exhibiting the craft goods made via the inmates. All have been hideous in her opinion. She questioned whose murderous palms had performed the crocheted tea comfortable. She acquired Birdy at the cellphone. “Hi, Birdy, I’m simply leaving the criminal. ” “How’d it opt for Brenda Nevins? ” “You and that i are going to have lunch this present day and a psycho-bitch-from-hell throwdown. for those who proposal Jennifer Roberts was once anything else in the event you chatted her up in detention center, you must have skilled Brenda Nevins.

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