Library Loot | June 1st


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader.

Trail of Blood

Seventy-five years ago, a madman nicknamed the Torso Killer terrorized Cleveland. His horrific spree lasted four years and crisscrossed the entire city. Overall, he was credited with more than a dozen murders. And he was never caught.

Today, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean is called to an abandoned building where a desiccated, decapitated body has been found in a room that’s been sealed off for years. Although there’s no immediate proof, everyone assumes the same thing: that the newly discovered corpse was a Torso Killer victim. The body has decayed beyond recognition, leaving few forensic clues, but Theresa sees this as an opportunity to shed some light on a big piece of Cleveland’s past that until now has been shrouded in mystery.

But then another body – this one recently deceased – turns up, and all signs at the scene seem to indicate the work of a new Torso Killer. Suddenly, Theresa’s investigation takes on a whole new meaning. Her examination of the old body has opened a door to the past – a door someone wanted to keep closed – and she shifts her focus from solving a historical puzzle to catching a very dangerous, present-day psychopath.

But as the body count rises, Theresa finds herself nearer to danger than she ever imagined. For the killer is keeping a watchful eye on Theresa, and she begins to feel his presence everywhere. Each step brings them closer and closer to each other – at one point separated by no more than a speeding train in a railroad switchyard – as Theresa scours the city in her hunt for a murderous lunatic intent on reliving a terrifying past.


2 thoughts on “Library Loot | June 1st

  1. Hi Marcia,

    You have another great book that is definitely going on my reading list, although once again, this is a new to me author.

    I have quite varied and eclectic tastes in my reading, but I have to say that crime/mystery/thriller books will always come out tops overall for me.

    Another great find for me, thanks.


  2. TRAIL OF BLOOD was interesting as the author took a crime spree from the 1930s and wove it into a modern day story. Forensics in the ’30s was in it’s infancy and not high tech as it is today. Though the detective from that era was able to use the limited information from the forensics team to track down the killer.

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