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Die Smiling (2008)
by Linda Ladd
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786018879, Paperback)Die Young
Hilde Swensen is a beauty pageant queen with a face to die for and a body to kill for. But by the time Detective Claire Morgan finds her in a shower stall--posed like a grotesquely grinning doll--Hilde is anything but pretty. She's the victim of a sick, deranged killer. And she won't be the last. . .
Brianna Swenson is the beauty queen's sister--and the girlfriend of Claire's partner Bud. She tells Claire that Hilde had plenty of enemies, including a creepy stalker, an abusive ex-boyfriend, and a slew of jealous competitors. But what she doesn't say is that they both shared a dark, disturbing secret. A secret that refuses to die. . .
From the after-hours parties of a sinister funeral home to the underworld vendettas of the Miami mob, Claire follows the trail with her lover Nicholas Black, a psychiatrist with secrets of his own. But it's not until she uncovers evidence of unspeakable acts of depravity that Claire realizes she's just become a diabolical killer's next target. . .
'One of the most creepy, crawly and compelling psychological thrillers ever.' --Fresh Fiction on Dark Places
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A woman's nude body hangs spread eagled, riddled with bullet holes. Someone has used her for target practice - a twisted killer brazen enough to leave their calling card smack in the middle of the sheriff's shooting range. For Missouri homicide detective Claire Morgan, it's a wake-up call unlike any she's ever faced.
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