Defensive Wounds by Lisa Black

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“There are many forensic experts. There are many writers. Rarely, however, do the two meld as seamlessly and synergistically as Lisa Black.”
Sacramento Book Review

“She is, quite simply, one of the best storytellers around.”
—Tess Gerritsen

A former forensic scientist with the Cleveland coroner’s office, Lisa Black knows the world she writes about, as she has proven in the past with her gripping thrillers featuring Theresa MacLean (Takeover, Evidence of Murder, Trail of Blood). With Defensive Wounds, Black delivers possibly her most sensational crime fiction masterwork to date—a stunning tale of forensic expert MacLean’s investigation into the brutal murder of a criminal defense attorney at a Cleveland convention that reveals the frightening presence of a serial killer prowling the city. The forensic police thriller remains one of the most popular sub-genres in contemporary mystery fiction, and Defensive Wounds once again proves that Lisa Black is one of the “big guns,” in the top tier alongside Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Jefferson Bass, and Michael Connelly.


About Lisa Black

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Lisa Black is the author of three previous thrillers featuring Theresa MacLean: Trail of Blood, Evidence of Murder, and Takeover. A latent fingerprint examiner and CSI in Florida and a former forensic scientist for the Cleveland coroner's office, she is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and has testified in more than fifty homicide trials. A native of Cleveland, she lives in Cape Coral, Florida.
Published September 27, 2011 by HarperLuxe. 496 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Book Reporter

The arrival of one of Lisa Black’s Theresa MacLean novels is comparable to a letter from home.

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Reviewing the Evidence

There's a convention of criminal defense attorneys being held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Cleveland, where Rachael McLean, daughter of forensic scientist Theresa McLean, is working for the summer.

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The Columbus Dispatch

The killing at the hotel, close to the Terminal Tower, puts her forensic investigator on the trail of a crime that might involve a serial killer.

Sep 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Defensive Wounds

Lincoln Journal Star

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Sun Sentinel

"Defensive Wounds," Black's fourth novel, works well as a story about grief and the bonds between a mother and child, while including just enough forensics to satisfy readers who revel in the science.

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Mystery Tribune

Forensic investigator Theresa MacLean is summoned to the crime scene but even before Theresa enters the room, she knows that she’s walking into a forensic nightmare—for crime scenes at hotels, even the most luxurious, are teeming with trace evidence that has been left behind by innumerable guests...

Dec 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Defensive Wounds

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