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Trail of Blood

Frightening crime story from Lisa Black

August 8, 2011
By REGINA M. ANGELI - Books Writer , The Daily News

In the mid-1930's, the Cleveland area was terrorized by a serial killer dubbed the "Torso Killer" for his practice of dismembering and decapitating his victims.

This ghoul, who prowled about the shores of Lake Erie, is believed to have been a more prolific murderer than the fiend who hunted in London's Whitechapel District; and, like Jack the Ripper, Cleveland's Torso Killer was never caught.

Crime novelist and former crime scene investigator Lisa Black returns to the days when one of America's most notorious killers terrorized Cleveland, in her latest work featuring forensic examiner, Theresa MacLean, "Trail of Blood." (Harper Books/HarperCollins, 402 pages)

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Criminalist Theresa MacLean is summoned to examine a corpse found in an old building scheduled for demolition.

The victim, a police detective, bears all the grisly marks of a victim of the Torso Killer and Theresa is challenged to solve a decades old mystery. Soon the City of Cleveland is gripped in horror as a modern day killer begins imitating this brutal monster of yesteryear.

While on a stake-out to the predator's favorite hunting grounds near the railroad tracks, the killer spies Theresa.

Lisa Black blends history with her vivid imagination as she writes a crime story so frightening the reader may want to "keep the night-light on" as one reads "Trail of Blood."

(Harper Books includes a preview of Lisa Black's next Theresa MacLean novel, "Defensive Wounds.")



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