Shadows of Sin by Rochelle Majer Krich
(Jessie Drake Mysteries)

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One of the "top ten women who write superior crime fiction" (Charles Champlin, mystery reviewer for the Los Angeles Times), Rochelle Krich propels her exceptional sleuth, LAPD homicide detective Jessie Drake, into a deadly maze of rage, revenge, and moral complexities in what is the award-winning author's most gripping and provocative novel to date. At first glance it appears to be a random multiple murder -- a prominent plastic surgeon and his nurse and receptionist shot dead in their plush Century City office. But to Jessie Drake, the savage nature of Dr. Ronald Bushnell's fatal wounds suggests a crime of intense passion...and bitter retribution.Following her suspicions, the conscience-driven detective takes her investigation to the core of the seemingly harmonious family life of the slain surgeon. On the surface, Bushnell had everything: respect, money, a palatial home, a loving wife and daughter. But there is a joker in the deck, Bushnell's foster son, Ethan Meissner -- a troubled young loner with dark periods in his history. And the boy hasn't been seen since the murders.Ethan's unexplained disappearance suggests that the runaway knows something; he may be a material witness in a triple homicide or a premeditated killer...or another victim. The search for the missing teenager takes Jessie across many volatile borders -- those between nations, between families, and the razor-thin one that separates love from hatred. But the truth lies somewhere in a harrowing past of tainted blood and horrific personal tragedy. The deeper Jessie ventures into this shadow world of cruelty and secrets, the more she is haunted by the echoes of a lost soul's unanswered cry for help...and by the most heinous crime of all, in which the sins of the guilty are visited on the innocent.
 

About Rochelle Majer Krich

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Author Rochelle Majer Krich was born in Germany to Holocaust survivors. She lived in New Jersey and New York before moving to Los Angeles in 1960. She received a master's degree in English from U.C.L.A. and taught high school English for eighteen years. During this time, she received the Milken Families Foundation Award for Distinguished Educator of the Year and the Samuel Belkin Memorial Award for professional achievement. In 1990, she published her first novel, Where's Mommy Now?, which won the Anthony Award. She also writes the Jessie Drake series and the Molly Blume series. Dead Air won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Mystery or Suspense and Grave Endings won the Mary Higgins Clark and Calavera Awards.
 
Published September 1, 2001 by William Morrow & Company. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jessie’s ex-husband, a crime reporter, will press her for a scoop, and her new suitor Ezra will decipher a clue in Hebrew that will lead Jessie to another of the doctor’s liaisons, as well as to a suicide and a husband’s enmity, before she wraps up the case.

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Although the troubled Ethan, a past alcohol and drug abuser, is the most likely suspect, his father, Celeste, Adrienne, a nurse Bushnell fired and a dissatisfied patient all had motives and opportunity.

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There is no lack of suspects: a dissatisfied patient,a dismissed nurse,even members of his family, his foster son, Ethan Meissner, Ethan's natural father.

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During the course of the investigation it is discovered that a member of the family of the chief victim was half Jewish.

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Mixed into this mystery is Jessie's family life - her atrocious mother (I'm just so tired of awful, annoying (or worse) mothers in crime fiction), her pregnant sister, her father, who's acting weird, and her growing interest in Ezra, her teacher.

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