The Shadow Tracer
ISBN 9780525953227 | 368 pages | 27 Jun 2013 | Dutton Adult | 9.25 x 6.25in | 18 - AND UP
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An explosive stand-alone thriller from the Edgar Award–winning writer Stephen King called “the next suspense superstar”
Can a person ever really disappear for good by going off the grid? And what happens when vanishing is no longer an option?
Sarah Keller is a single mother to five-year-old Zoe, living quietly in Oklahoma. She’s also a skip tracer, an expert in tracking people who’ve gone on the lam to avoid arrest, prosecution, or debt—pinpointing their locations to bring them to justice.
When a school bus accident sends Zoe to the ER, their quiet life explodes. Zoe’s medical tests reveal what Sarah has been hiding: Zoe is not her daughter. Zoe’s biological mother—Sarah’s sister, Beth—was murdered shortly after the child’s birth. And Zoe’s father is missing and presumed dead.
With no way to prove her innocence, Sarah must abandon her carefully constructed life and go on the run. Chased by cops, federal agents, and the group responsible for Beth’s murder, Sarah embarks on a desperate journey. Can her knowledge as a skip tracer help her stay off the grid, remain one step ahead of her pursuers, and find a way to save her daughter?
Meg Gardiner is acclaimed for her richly drawn characters, propulsive plotting, relentless suspense, and shocking twists. The Shadow Tracer delivers on those fronts and more.
"Edgar Award–winner Gardiner...steadily ratchets up the suspense in this taut stand-alone tale." - Booklist
"A 'master writer' Gardiner is certainly right on the money where this suspense is concerned!" - Suspense Magazine
Praise for Ransom River: “A chilly tale for a hot day at the beach.”—USA Today
“Ransom River is everything you want in a blockbuster thriller: multiple plot twists, thoroughly creepy psychotic villains, danger at every turn. Gardiner has an enviable talent for pushing characters and plot elements to the point of straining credibility, but she never breaks the limits of plausibility.”
“‘Thrill ride’ is just too tame a description for Ransom River...The characters are emotionally complex, both the good and the bad. Gardiner has also created two of the creepiest siblings to be found outside of a Stephen King novel.”
“Crisp writing and a breathless plot make [Ransom River] a must-read for both newcomers and fans of the author’s Jo Beckett and Evan Delaney series.”
“This is a tale that truly delves into the world of ‘small town living,’ and the wishes and dreams of most young people to get away from these surroundings as soon as possible. A great thriller that begins with the word ‘go,’ readers will be enthralled until the very last surprise is sprung. A definite keeper!”
– Suspense Magazine
“Gardiner continues to move from strength to strength; with a tightly crafted story and charismatic (albeit admirably flawed) new characters, Ransom River displays the talents of a top tier mystery writer at the top of her game.”
Praise for Meg Gardiner:
“Meg Gardiner is as good as Michael Connelly and far better than Janet Evonovich…The next suspense superstar.”
"Stephen King is absolutely right. Meg Gardiner is an astonishing writer…I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."
—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author
Meg Gardiner makes every one of her characters leap alive off the page”
–Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author
“It cannot be overstated how talented Gardiner is. The action and thrills and twists never let up.”
“Edgar-winner Gardiner’s second stand-alone (after Ransom River) boasts another of the strong female characters she’s known for and enough pulse-pounding action to satisfy the most avid thriller fan.” - Publishers Weekly
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