Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The Shark (Forgotten Files)
I've finished "The Shark" the 1st book in her Forgotten Files series by Mary Burton.
At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum’s past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards.
Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley’s old flame, is Shield Security’s newest member. He’s plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game. Only one girl survived. With the Shark now bent on evening that score, Clay has a chilling suspicion: Riley is the girl who escaped the Shark’s deadly amusement — and she is his next prey.
As the Shark gets ready to play his hand, can Riley and Clay stop him — or will this killer finally claim the one who got away?
About the Author
Mary Burton loves writing suspense, researching law enforcement and forensic procedures, baking, books, and tiny dachshunds. Not necessarily in that order. She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance and suspense novels. She’s tracked them down in stories set in her hometown of Richmond, Alexandria, Austin and Nashville that have been praised by readers and reviewers. Her work has been compared to that of James Patterson*, Lisa Gardner** and Lisa Jackson***
Research is a favorite part of Mary’s work day. She never tires of learning more about police work, evidence collection and analysis, and doesn’t hesitate to take a hands-on approach, whether it means interviews with those working in the field, forensic seminars or lessons at the firing range.
A Richmond native, Mary has lived there for most of her life. She is a graduate of Virginia’s Hollins University and worked in marketing before she began writing full time. Her first book was published in 2000 and now she’s the author of thirty-one published novels and five novellas, including her contemporary women’s fiction written as Mary Ellen Taylor.
Her new book, The Dollmaker, is the second of her The Forgotten Files novels, which began with The Shark. which Publishers Weekly called "tense, sexy and pleasingly complex." The next, The Hangman, will be published in early May, 2017. Other recent bestsellers,include Vulnerable, I’ll Never Let You Go, Be Afraid and Cover Your Eyes. Each featured the Morgans, Nashville’s preeminent law enforcement family.
When not traveling for research or visiting with readers at bookstores, book festivals and conferences, Mary remains very much a homebody. She and her husband spend time alternately enjoying and lamenting their newly empty nest and spoiling their four legged babies, Buddy, Bella and Tiki.
Series: Forgotten Files (Book 1)
Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 24, 2016)