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Little town lies

by Strieber, Anne.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Thriller Fiction THRILLER STRIEBER Anne
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Thriller Fiction
Sally Hopkins was a social worker for the State of Texas. Worn out, burned out, she calls up her uncle Ed, sheriff of the small East Texas town of Maryvale, to find out if she can come and stay with him for a while. Much to her surprise, Ed not only wants her to visit, he has work for her. The town has been plagued over the summer by a series of arsons and animal mutilations. Chilled, Sally agrees to take the job. These are two of the signs of a budding serial killer, and it's crucial thatthe perpetrator be identified and stopped before he moves on to even more serious crimes.But within a week of Sally's arrival in town, a woman is killed, the town's first murder in decades. The investigation turns from looking for a troubled boy who likes to torture cats into a desperate search for a killer who is sure to strike again.Strieber takes us below the surface of small town life, to the dark undercurrents of suffering and depravity. With an appealing and engaging heroine, she builds the suspense page by page, creating a novel that is at times warmly funny, and utterly terrifying. Little Town Lies is a classic psychological mystery from a bright new talent.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Murder, child sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, kinky sex and more seethe under the homey veneer of the little East Texas town of Maryvale in Strieiber's ungainly second novel (after 2004's An Invisible Woman). Social worker Sally Hopkins leaves her Houston-based job and heads "home" to Maryvale to lick her wounds and try to find peace in the only place she ever felt happy in her rough childhood. At her request, Sally's Uncle Ed, the local sheriff, gives her a job and a chance to contribute her expertise, though this expertise seems to derive from elementary psychology texts rather than experience or insight. In addition, Sally's raw emotional baggage makes her an unlikely choice as either a social worker or (an untrained) member of the sheriff's department. Her rapid rise is even more unlikely as her first bumbling attempts to investigate a series of animal mutilations gets off to an inauspicious start. Most readers should be well ahead of Strieiber's dithering heroine in figuring out most of the lies and secrets behind Maryvale's placid exterior. Agent, Russell Galen. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women social workers -- Fiction.
Arson investigation -- Fiction.
Texas -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :Forge,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Description 255 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0765310945 (acid-free paper)
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