"A well-wrought debut"--Publishers Weekly
In this first Jake Hines novel, Jake is a young detective whose origins are a mystery but whose current priority is perfectly clear: find a serial murderer before he kills again. Set in a small town outside Minneapolis where the city meets the prairie and death is usually natural, this debut police procedural follows Jake's methodical search for a very meticulous killer.
The first victim was found lying "smack dab on home plate" in a neighborhood softball diamond, posed and pinned with a photo of the crime. The second victim, with no obvious connection to the first, was unmistakably connected in death: dressed to play ball, posed, and wearing a picture of his own crime scene.
Despite the help of some high-tech crime busters and a beautiful crime scene photographer, all eager to track down the psycho, Jake senses time is running out before the next victim dies.
"Police procedural fans will want to read the first of what is hopefully a long and successful series for Elizabeth Gunn."--Harriet Klausner
A one-time innkeeper with a taste for adventure, Elizabeth has been a private pilot, sky diver, SCUBA diver, and liveaboard sailor. Extensive travel in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe led to a second career as a freelance travel writer, during which she began writing a series of police procedural mysteries set in southeast Minnesota, where she grew up.
Her Jake Hines books contrast the sometimes gritty routine of police work with the idyllic rural scenes around a mid-size city in the upper midwest. Featured characters are a hard-working police detective named Jake Hines and his girlfriend, Trudy Hanson, a forensic scientist at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul.