"Bauer displays remarkable talent in pacing, plotting and, most important of all, getting beneath the skin of even her most repellent characters."
In Bauer's spare, haunting debut, a 12-year-old boy corresponds with a serial killer to learn the location of his uncle's grave.
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"Hebert doesn't have Elmore Leonard's lazy humor, or his effortless way of making every clipped sentence snap and sing. But he's already got something of Leonard's talent for kicking lowlifes into a breakneck pace, and he doesn't mind killing off minor characters to make a point. An author to watch."