An Evan Delaney Mystery by Meg Gardiner
Review: Evan Delaney returns to China Lake, where her father was stationed during her teens, to attend her 15th high school graduation reunion and discovers an unusual number of her classmates have died in Crosscut, the fourth mystery in this series by Meg Gardiner.
There doesn't appear to be any common thread to the deaths, some ruled natural from disease or trauma, others accidental from transportation crashes to fires. And when a reunion participant is brutally murdered, Evan concludes all these deaths are somehow related. Thinking back to her high school days, she recalls a mysterious laboratory explosion. Though no one was apparently hurt, the cause of the blast was never revealed. Evan calls her father, retired Captain Phil Delaney, for more information and asks him to return and investigate. He reluctantly agrees but also knows some, but not all, of the circumstances surrounding the explosion. Phil and Evan soon realize they're in a race against time to uncover the truth behind the cloak-and-dagger experiments that took place at China Lake so many years ago and to prevent Evan herself from being the target of someone they've come to call the "Coyote".
Crosscut is a first-rate thriller that has it all. An exciting, fast-paced plot, a series of chilling murders by the unknown Coyote, an easy to relate to father-daughter relationship, and even a love story between Evan and her boyfriend Jesse. It's a hard book to put down so allow plenty of time to do little more than enjoy this electrifying story.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Crosscut.
Acknowledgment: Penguin Group provided a copy of Crosscut for this review.
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Signet (Mass Market Paperback), October 2008
ISBN-13: 9780451225238; ISBN-10: 0451225236
Location(s) referenced in Crosscut: China Lake, California
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Crosscut by Meg Gardiner — An Evan Delaney Mystery
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publication Date: September 2008
List Price: $7.99