A Murder of Promise by Robert Andrews

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When legendary Washington Post reporter Mary Keegan is found murdered, homicide detectives Frank Kearney and José Phelps pull up the file on another open case. There as here, the victim was a female who had been hacked to death in a public park. And there is one other link: each was missing a little finger, a grisly souvenir-perhaps the calling card of a serial killer. When, a week later, a third woman is found in similar circumstances, they're sure of it.

Kearney and Phelps are certain the killer will strike again and know they're working against time. Using the best evidence modern forensics and computer science can supply and the good guesswork twenty-five years of homicide investigations have sharpened, they begin to see some patterns, but not enough to connect up the dots. Then the finger of one of the victims is found sealed inside a plastic baggie in a raided crack house. Cutting corners, pulling in favors, they track that evidence back to what they believe will be the killer, only to find he is one step ahead of them. In a climactic nightmare chase, Kearney races to save the person dearest to him as he faces off against a cunning homicidal maniac.

About Robert Andrews

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Before turning to crime fiction, Robert Andrews was a Green Beret, a CIA operative, and an aide to a senior U.S. senator. He has lived in Washington, D.C. for many years, and his intimate knowledge of the city, its people and its politics permeates this new series.
Published March 4, 2002 by Putnam Adult. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Somewhere between the seedy streets of George P. Pelecanos and the upscale enclaves of such Old Guard novelists as Ward Just lies the Washington, D.C., patrolled by Frank Kearney and José Phel

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(Sept.) Forecast: The recent television series The District and George Pelecanos's critical success have raised the profile of Washington as a setting for crime novels as well as political thrillers.

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