Chicago "Windy" Thomas has moved, with her young daughter, to Las Vegas. Leaving behind the memories of a marriage that ended in tragedy, Windy hopes for a new beginning with her job as the head of the Las Vegas Police Department's forensics lab, as well as the loving relationship with her new fiance, but all that looks beautiful turns ugly as a brutal murder puts Windy in the sights of a twisted killer.
The first murder seemed to be random, an entire family butchered in their own home, a vicious act by a brutal killer. Several days later another family is slaughtered in the same manner as the previous killing. As Windy investigates the crime scene she finds similar clues that prove the killer is taunting them, and the killings are anything but random...they are carefully planned and executed.
Time is running out for Windy, and with the help of detective Ash Laughton, she must stop the killer before he strikes again because the next time Windy and her daughter will be the targets.
Despite misleading cover art and title 'Bad Girl' is a tough, well written thriller that grabs the reader early on and doesn't let go until every loose end is tied up. Entertaining plot, interesting characters, gruesome murders, and shocking plot twists keep 'Bad Girl' zipping along at a nice pace. Readers may be somewhat surprised by the true style of this novel because it is not the fluffy romantic/thriller it appears to be, but instead a serious forensic police procedural that ranks with some of the best in the genre.
Michele Jaffe has written a fun thriller that should earn her new readers and have much comparison to the novels of Iris Johansen.
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (July 8 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345464982
- ISBN-13: 978-0345464989
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 20.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
- Customer Reviews: 13 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,882,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)