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I've had this book on the top of the stacks for what seems like a lifetime now, and as per usual, you start these things and leave yourself wondering what the hell you've been doing not picking it up the second it arrived through the door.

This is the second book from Howell - an ex-paramedic herself, and they provide a very unique viewpoint of crime.  From the paramedic point of view and from a very engaging female cop.  Anyway more on that when I finish the book.

From the blurb:

Paramedic Lauren Yates stumbles into a world of trouble the night she discovers a body in an inner city alley - the killer still lurks nearby.  When the murderer threatens to make her life hell if she tells the police, she believes im - he's Thomas Werner, her sister's ex and father to Lauren's niece ... and not a man to mess with.

Opening Lines:

The wind howled between the buildings like a creature from an arctic nightmare as Lauren peered into the wreck, then turned to the cop beside her.  'He's dead.'

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ISBN
9781405037976
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Book Number (in series)
2
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Paramedic Lauren Yates stumbles into a world of trouble the night she discovers a killer and his victim in an inner Sydney alley. When the killer threatens to make her life hell if she tells the police what she’s seen, she believes him – he’s Miles Werner, her sister’s violent ex, father to Lauren’s niece, and not a man to cross.

But when another victim of a stabbing reveals to Lauren with his dying breath that Werner attacked him, too, she finds herself with blood on her hands and Detective Ella Marconi on her back. Ella is keen to cement her temporary placement in the homicide squad and views Lauren as the perfect witness for this latest murder because she can testify to the victim’s last words.

Ella soon realises Lauren is hiding something, however, and while her colleagues label her suspicion an obsession, she begins her own investigation. But the harder Ella pushes, the more Lauren resists, and the worse the threat from Werner becomes, putting them both in increasingly serious jeopardy.

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Submitted by Karen on Wed, 26/11/2008 - 07:15 pm