Blood in the Water by Jane Haddam

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Waldorf Pines may be fictitious, but that won’t prevent you from wanting to visit there
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Gregor Demarkian returns in a mindbending case of death and disappearance amongst the wealthy suburban elite. In Waldorf Pines, a very rich, gated suburb of Philadelphia, ostentation and pretension are the order of the day. But even by the local standards, Martha Heydrich is a stone cold pain. She’s the stay-at-home wife of a very rich husband, drives a pink sports car everywhere and is on all the prominent local committees. She’s fake, into everybody’s business and is rumored to be having an affair with a local teenager, Michael Platte. One morning she seemingly vanishes from her house and later that night her husband Arthur returns home to find the pool house ablaze. Once the fire is extinguished, the police discover two bodies—one is Michael Platte and the other, too damaged to be recognizable, is
presumed to be Martha Heydrich. The police think they know what happened—that Arthur killed his wife and her lover over the affair. But then the DNA results come back and the second body isn’t Martha’s at all, it is an unknown man. With their theory in tatters, and Martha nowhere to be found, the police to turn to ex-FBI agent Gregor Demarkian to help them unravel this most puzzling of cases.
 

About Jane Haddam

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JANE HADDAM is the author of more than twenty novels, but is best known for her books featuring Gregor Demarkian. A finalist for both the Edgar and Anthony Awards, she lives with her family in Litchfield Country, Connecticut. Please visit www.blog.janehaddam.com
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 287 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
Mar 05 2012

Not top-of-the-line Haddam... but still enjoyable, like a night out doing nothing special with old friends.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jan 16 2012

Haddam shows no sign of creative fatigue in her baffling 27th whodunit

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Book Reporter on Apr 19 2012

Waldorf Pines may be fictitious, but that won’t prevent you from wanting to visit there

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