The Devil's Backbone by Kim Wozencraft

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Two sisters. One murder. And a woman who will cross the line to uncover a killer's secrets.
 
Though they are sisters, Kit and Jenny could not be more different. Jenny is the dutiful daughter, following in her father's footsteps to become a Texas cop. Now working as a detective in the Austin Police Department, Jenny is surprised when she sees a crime report with her sister's name on it.
 
Kit is the rebellious one, hiding from her past. She's trying to escape the fallout of her mother's death, and the gravitational pull of her father's expectations. Working as a stripper, Kit is living in a nighttime world of pseudonyms and lies. And she's begun to notice some new characters hanging around the club.
 
Suddenly, one sister's murder leads to the other's investigation of it, and brings her into a world more deadly than she can imagine. As the truth unfolds, one sister begins to question everything---even her own sanity---and the role she might have played in this lethal dance. The Devil's Backbone showcases Kim Wozencraft at her best: a novelist whose power to shock and compel you is unsurpassed.
 

About Kim Wozencraft

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Kim Wozencraft is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Rush, which was made into a feature film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh. She was executive editor at Prison Life magazine, has written for HBO Films, and her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, Texas Monthly, New York Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University and lives in upstate New York with her three children.
 
Published September 5, 2006 by St. Martin's Press. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Travel. Fiction

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In Kit Metcalf’s mind, it goes like this: When she writhes, wriggles and wraps herself erotically around a pole, tantalizing the covey of slavering males safely caged in their reinforced-glass spectator booths, it’s a form of vengeance, the stuff of power.

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Kit Metcalf isn't your usual protagonist, a Grey Goose-swilling, therapy-seeking, Nietzsche-quoting, martial-arts-kicking stripper.

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THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE is a disturbing tale of two sisters who have shared emotional pain throughout their lives and have taken different life paths to deal with it.

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