Little Town Lies

Little Town Lies

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Burned out from her social work career, Sally Hopkins takes on an investigative job for her sheriff uncle in east Texas, a case involving a series of arsons and animal killings that suggest the work of a budding serial murderer.

McMillan Palgrave
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 that the 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.

Blackwell North Amer
Houston social, worker Sally Hopkins has had it. Disillusioned, burned-out, single, and just shy of forty, she decides to try to start over. She quits her big-city job and returns to her hometown, the sleepy East Texas town of Maryvale.
When Sally calls her uncle Ed, the town sheriff, to find out if she can stay with him for a while, she is surprised to discover that Ed needs her help. Like any small town, Maryvale has its share of family troubles - alcoholism, domestic violence, and child abuse. But now the town has a far more frightening problem.
Over the summer, a rash of arsons and brutal animal mutilations has set the town on edge. Ed wants Sally to keep an eye on things, talk to the townspeople, and see if she can identify the culprit.
Sally knows that as bad as these attacks are, they are only the first signs of greater violence. Her training tells her that the perpetrator is probably young and male, with an abusive childhood, the kind of personality that will one day develop into a sexual predator or serial killer. She tells Ed that they have only a small window of time to locate him before he moves on to even more brutal crimes.
But it's already too late. A young woman is brutally and obscenely murdered. Suspicion and fear sweep through Maryvale, and doors are slammed in Sally's face. But Sally enlists the help of a handsome but reserved young state trooper, who rekindles her long-buried passion for life. Together they break through the wall of secrets and lies to stop the killer before he strikes again.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765310941
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 25 cm.


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