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THE DYING BREATH by Alane Ferguson


by Alane Ferguson

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-670-06314-7
Publisher: Viking

In the latest episode of this popular series (The Circle of Blood, 2008, etc.), teen coroner’s assistant Cameryn Mahoney finds herself the focus of both a puzzling multiple-murder investigation and the frightening attention of a former friend turned sociopathic killer. Despite the best efforts of everyone in her small Colorado town, Cameryn is determined to be part of solving these interrelated crimes, even though she might be endangering herself. This becomes apparent when she defies orders and enters the home of the town’s recluse only to find a message directed at her along with the man’s long-dead body. In addition, the attraction she feels for the young Deputy Sheriff promises to blossom into something special, if only she can help stop the murder spree of her former beau. This is page-turning suspense from the opening scene, with enough gory details to attract fans of CSI and other forensic shows. Moreover, strong characterization and relationships, particularly the one between Camryn and the gruff medical examiner who serves as her mentor, make this more than a satisfying genre read. (Thriller. 12 & up)