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"Haddam manages to produce each time a...plot of mind-bending complexity." -Houston Chronicle
In Hearts of Sand, Alwych, Connecticut, is the stereotypical old money beach town-the best families live in mini-mansions on Beach Drive, their children go to Alwych Country Day School, and the parents have memberships to the Atlantic Club. And Chapin Waring is the worst thing that ever happened to this town. She was a well turned-out debutante from one of the richest families in Alwych until thirty years ago when Chapin, destined to attend the right school, marry the right man, and have the right life, was revealed to be a bank robber and a murderer. She disappeared, never to be heard from again.
"Haddam is] America's P.D. James."-Baltimore Sun
But Alwych has never forgotten her, or let her friends and family forget. So when, after a day of being spotted around town, Chapin turns up dead-stabbed to death in her family's old home-it's baffling. To learn why she died-and to end the rampant speculation and media coverage-Gregor Demarkian, retired profiler for the FBI, is brought in to finally solve the mysteries surrounding Chapin Waring. Not just how and why she died where she did, but where she'd been and what happened that night thirty years ago that set everything in motion.
" Readers] will enjoy watching the clever and occasionally cantankerous Gregor put the pieces of the puzzle together."-Booklist
“For such a long-running series . . . this one is remarkably consistent in quality, each installment as satisfying as the one that came before it. Sit down, crack ’er open, and enjoy.” —Booklist on Blood in the Water
“Haddam is a fine writer, exhibiting skills rarely glimpsed in the mystery genre. The Demarkian series deserves a much wider audience.” —Booklist (starred) on Living Witness
“The re-creation of the fishbowl that is smalltown life is pitch-perfect and shaded by a chilling glimpse of human darkness.” —Publishers Weekly (starred) on Flowering Judas
“Edgar-finalist Haddam shows no sign of creative fatigue in her baffling 27th whodunit featuring ex-FBI agent turned police consultant Gregor Demarkian… Few readers will reach the answer to this crafty puzzle before the endearing and brilliant sleuth” –Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Blood in the Water
“Haddam’s series characters are engaging as always, including Demarkian’s quirky Armenian neighborhood, which has enough character to count as one.” –Charlotte News-Observer on Wanting Sheila Dead