The newest Marty Hopkins mystery "A virtuoso climax" Kirkus, Starred review

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CROSSFIRE

Severn House 2006
ISBN 978 0 7278 6388 1


Midnight in wintry Indiana. Her unsupportive new boss has sent Deputy Sheriff Marty Hopkins to report on an insignificant cabin fire in a remote area near the national forest. But the investigation takes on national importance and personal anguish when she finds a local man cruelly murdered, and his murderer vanished into thin air. Her search for the killer is complicated by a visiting lawyer from New York City and by two mysterious clowns. And how can Marty get any sleep when her teenage daughter insists on listening to that rock music?
Meanwhile her new boss and her ex-boss are battling, both demanding her loyalty, while the death toll mounts.


"Detective Marty Hopkins is back in a high-spirited adventure set in southern Indiana. The contrast between homey Hoosier hospitality and the lurking danger of Marty's current case makes for a satisfying read....Putting her own life at risk to solve the mystery, Marty uses her keen intelligence and hard-jawed tenacity to unearth the sad and shocking truth. A fine addition to this engaging series." ––Emily Melton, Booklist

"Ordered to check out a cabin fire in the Hoosier National Forest, Deputy Sheriff Marty Hopkins discovers a corpse pinned to the bedpost with a machete. The cabin is partly owned by an ex-cop who just happens to be Marty's enemy, a man who believes that women have no place on law enforcement.... A good read with plenty of action." ––Library Journal

"Despite the best efforts of her boss, Deputy Marty Hopkins (Deathwind, 2005, etc.) lands in the middle of an arson case that forces her to confront her own terrifying memories. The closer the Nichols County Sheriff's Department looks at Zill Corson's death, the more coldblooded it seems.... Marty's sight of Zill's burned corpse has reignited traumatic memories of her father, who died in 1975 when his car caught fire. But Zill's murder has a more initimate connection to the deaths, years since, of two other men attacked with machetes and burned to death. When Brooklyn ADA Olivia Mann, the daughter of one of the earlier victims, arrives in town to connect the dots, she steers the case away from Marty's dutiful round of questions and provokes a hyper-extended sequence on a narrow cliffside ledge of rock that's a textbook example of how to build suspense. A heartfelt, routine procedural capped by a virtuoso climax." ––Kirkus, Starred review

MYSTERIES & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

AUDITION FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1967)-- "Very literate, sprinkled with surprises and starring that rarity of rarities -- fully fleshed out characters." -- Los Angeles Daily News
MURDER IS ACADEMIC (Maggie Ryan 1968)-- “treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape—true violations of person, mind, and body—and presents a cogent case for the inviolability both of persons and truth.” — The Armchair Detective
MURDER IS PATHOLOGICAL (Maggie Ryan 1969) “The vandal is elusive. When at last the mystery is solved, the conclusion is stunning.” –– The Armchair Detective
MURDER UNRENOVATED (Maggie Ryan 1972) "Terrific characters, funny incidents, genuine suspense, and an absolutely right sense of period and place." -- The Purloined Letter
REHEARSAL FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1973)-- “A tightly woven thriller, warm and beautifully paced with a bittersweet finale. This show must go on!” -- Dorothy Salisbury Davis, MWA Grand Master
MURDER IN THE DOG DAYS (Maggie Ryan 1975)-- "An ingeniously plotted, fair-play, locked-room mystery, one of the best we've encountered." -- The Denver Post
MURDER MISREAD (Maggie Ryan 1977)-- "A tasty blend of irreverence and sincerity... [Maggie] conducts her crime-busting with quiet panache.” –– Entertainment Weekly
MARTY HOPKINS NOVELS
GRAVESTONE --- "Chock full of everything a mystery reader loves: fully drawn characters, a strong sense of place, keen pacing." Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
BLOODSTREAM --- "Carlson's characters are sharp and strong, and the story's unexpected twists and turns will leave you reeling." New Woman
DEATHWIND --- "A genuinely shocking climax. Believable characters and an unusual setting close the deal: this one's a winner." Booklist
CROSSFIRE --- "Deputy Marty Hopkins lands in the middle of an arson case that forces her to confront her own terrifying memories.... A virtuoso climax." Kirkus
SHORT HISTORICAL MYSTERIES
RENOWNED BE THY GRAVE --- "The final word on Bridget is that she's full of verve, meets fascinating people, and we hope to encounter her often again." The Drood Review
TRANSLATIONS
P.M. Carlsons Krimis in deutscher Übersetzung
Roman Patricije M. Carlson na hrvatskom jeziku