Fortunes of the Dead by Lynn Hightower
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Marking the highly anticipated return of popular crime-busting heroine Lena Padget, Fortunes of the Dead is the finest novel to date from award-winning author Lynn Hightower.

Private investigator Lena Padget has seen far too many women and children fall through the cracks of the legal system, and she has made it her life's work to redeem as many of them as she can. She and her lover, homicide detective Joel Mendez, have just moved into their dream cottage, signifying the beginning of a committed relationship. But Lena and Joel are soon torn by the need to balance personal trust with professional commitment when they find themselves working different ends of the same case.

For two months running, Joel has immersed himself in an investigation full of dead ends: the disappearance of college intern Cheryl Dunkirk. Cheryl's sister, Miranda, has turned to Lena for help. Just as Lena agrees to look into the case, Joel is teamed with Los Angeles ATF Agent Wilson McCoy, whose investigation of the Branch Davidian cult holocaust in Waco, Texas, cuts right into the heart of Joel's case. It will take all three ofthem -- Lena, Joel, and Wilson McCoy -- to track down the killer. A killer who has been flying under the radar and threatens to slip away again; whose brutality will make you turn away. A killer who will keep you awake at night, contemplating the struggle for death and redemption.


About Lynn Hightower

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Lynn Hightower's previous novels include Fortunes of the Dead, High Water, and the Shamus Award winner Satan's Lambs. She studied creative writing with Wendell Berry at the University of Kentucky and holds a degree in journalism. She lives in the South.
Published September 23, 2003 by Atria Books. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although Lena (The Debt Collector, 2000, etc.) doesn’t find any new evidence to bolster their hope, there’s enough to learn about Cheryl’s position as an ATF intern—information disclosed not so much through heads-up investigation as through Hightower’s increasingly frequent cuts away to folks who...

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In the beginning, Fortunes of the Dead is the story of private investigator Lena Padget, one of those spunky but vulnerable heroines out to fight the male-dominated justice system.

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