Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain
(Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell)

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Chelsea Cain's novels featuring Portland detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell have captivated fans through two nail-biting entries, Heartsick and Sweetheart, both of them multiweek bestsellers in The New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.

Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose. These days, she's more of a cause célèbre than a feared killer, thanks to sensationalist news coverage that has made her a star. Her face graces magazine covers weekly and there have been sightings of her around the world. Most shocking of all, Portland Herald reporter Susan Ward has uncovered a bizarre kind of fan club, which celebrates the number of days she's been free.

Archie Sheridan hunted her for a decade, and after his last ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong, remains hospitalized months later. When they last spoke, they entered a détente of sorts---Archie agreed not to kill himself if she agreed not to kill anyone else. But when a new body is found accompanied by Gretchen's trademark heart, all bets are off and Archie is forced back into action. Has the Beauty Killer returned to her gruesome ways, or has the cult surrounding her created a whole new evil?

Chelsea Cain continues to deliver heart-stopping thrills and chills in the latest entry in this dynamic bestselling series.

 

About Chelsea Cain

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CHELSEA CAIN'S first four novels featuring Archie Sheridan have all been New York Times bestsellers. Also the author of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, a parody based on the life of Nancy Drew, and several nonfiction titles, she was born in Iowa, raised in Bellingham, Washington, and now lives in Portland, Oregon.
 
Published August 26, 2009 by Minotaur Books. 317 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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And crazy, too, in the sense that as the result of her ministrations, he currently resides in Portland, Ore.’s Providence Medical Center, termed by Archie “the loony bin.” As for Gretchen, until recently she’s been residing in the slammer, where Archie helped put her.

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Examiner

After an agreement with her to stay alive if she reframed from killing anyone else appeared to be broken, Archie is once again brought into action to help determine if the murder was actually the work of Gretchen, a/k/a The Beauty Killer.

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Book Reporter

Lowell is in touch with Sheridan, but is as enigmatic and, indeed, as erotically charming as ever, even as the horror of what and who she is shines through while remaining a haunting presence just off the page.

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Oregon Live

This line illustrates perfectly the difference between publishing books and writing them, a discrepancy that might have overwhelmed a lesser writer than Cain.

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Nights and Weekends

Though I couldn’t understand society’s worship of Gretchen (after all, she’s truly one scary serial killer), I certainly found it plausible.

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Monsters and Critics

Chelsea Cain's novels featuring Portland detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell have captivated fans through two nail-biting entries, Heartsick and Sweetheart, both of them multiweek bestsellers in The New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.

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Monsters and Critics

Chelsea Cain\'s novels featuring Portland detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell have captivated fans through two nail-biting entries, Heartsick and Sweetheart, both of them multiweek bestsellers in The New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.Gretchen Lowell is still...

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Spinetingler Magazine

Originally deemed ‘high risk,’ he is now classified as only ‘mildly disturbed.’ When new bodies, and body parts, start showing up, with some of Gretchen’s trademark mutilations, Archie considers leaving the institution, with the urging of the doctors and his best friend, Detective Henry Sobol...

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BookRack

Thrilling, with a “can’t put down” feeling, fans of Archie and Gretchen will definitely be satisfied with this one.

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