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The Price Of Innocence by Lisa Black

The Price Of Innocence

by Lisa Black

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The latest Theresa MacLean book, The Price of Innocence, starts off with a bang . . . literally. Theresa is called in to investigate a possible suicide in a luxury apartment building in downtown Cleveland. Theresa and her cousin, police detective Frank Patrick, barely exit the building before it is blown up. This narrow escape is quickly followed by the murder of a police officer the very next day. Then that police officer's beneficiary is found dead, followed by another explosion in a building that is beside the initial explosion site. Two explosions, one murder, and one suspected suicide in such a short period of time are a little too coincidental to Theresa. Will she be able to find the connection between these incidents before another murder takes place?

Although Theresa is a forensic scientist, this isn't a CSI-type story . . . well not quite. Because of Theresa's familial ties to the police department, namely through her cousin, she does work in the field quite a bit and routinely bounces ideas off of her cousin. She also spends quite a bit of time in the laboratory testing evidence and writing reports. Theresa is naturally inquisitive and often takes the initiative when questions arise due to the evidence on a case. This time around Theresa's investigation takes her into the past of the deceased officer and reveals possible ties to drug dealing and an unsolved case. The story takes a few twists when Theresa becomes flirtatious with David Madison, the ex-husband of a school teacher that sexually molested a male student the same age as her eldest son. Another twist comes in the form of a local millionaire/entrepreneur that may have ties to the deceased police officer. The Price of Innocence is a fast-paced read that offers murder, possible terrorism, illegal drug deals, and hints of romance. If you enjoy mysteries then you'll definitely want to add The Price of Innocence to your TBR list. ( )
  BookDivasReads | Dec 13, 2013 |
The Price of Innocence by Lisa Black is #6 in the riveting Theresa MacLean series which makes for an arresting read and a breathtaking end.

Forensic analyst Theresa MacLean and her cousin Frank, homicide detective, of the Cleveland Police department barely escaped when a powerful explosion blows to smithereens the high-rise building on which they were investigating a suspected suicide. A strange smell emanates from the smoking debris. She finds a small piece of evidence and tested it. It turns out to be a rare but powerful explosive which can cause massive damage. According to officials, it was an act of terrorism. But why would terrorists target Cleveland of all places. It begs for answer, and no one was convinced. The pieces do not fit together.

David Madison is a guy whose charm and spontaneity captivated Theresa. They met during the funeral service of a murder victim. And a deep fear begins to gnaw her as she feels David knows more than he ought to. As she continues her probe into the explosion, a twenty-five year old unsolved case in Cleveland State University returns to haunt her – a meth lab fire in which a student died.

But how can there be a connection between a meth lab incident 25 years ago an an explosion in a trendy apartment building? There are few connections, but it is the only plausible lead. And the sudden and untimely death of several old college students also raised questions.

With loose ends and a maze of mysteries to unravel, Lisa Black takes the reader on a wild but intriguing ride throughout the book. And the question uppermost in her mind is if David Madison is the link between the past and present. ( )
  khamneithang | Nov 27, 2013 |
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While on a routine call at a downtown apartment in Cleveland, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean and her homicide detective cousin only just escape when the building explodes. An accident - or something more sinister? As Theresa painstakingly pieces the clues together and begins to uncover evidence of a dark secret in a murdered cop's past, she finds herself distracted by the attentions of both the local business tycoon and the handsome but mysterious David Madison. Is her budding romance beginning to impair her judgement?… (more)

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