Short Take – Fiction: Behind Closed Doors – Elizabeth Haynes

Are you a fan police procedurals who has run through all your favorite authors? Give Haynes a try. She’s a former police intelligence analyst and marries that experience with a plot PW calls “harrowing…haunting, highly disturbing.”

“In Haynes’s harrowing second novel…Scarlett Rainsford, who disappeared on a family trip to Greece in 2003 when she was 15, is discovered a decade later during a raid on a brothel, living under an assumed name. The case is particularly vexing for recently promoted Det. Chief Insp. Louisa ‘Lou’ Smith and her Major Crime team, as she worked the original case when Scarlett vanished….When Scarlett vanishes again, Lou must try to find her before the dark forces of her former life [of prostitution] can reclaim her. Vivid, unsparing prose, including brutal passages from Scarlett’s point of view, helps make this a haunting, highly disturbing mystery.”
Publishers Weekly

“An involving police procedural with a protagonist who agonizes about maintaining both a committed personal relationship and a demanding career.”
Booklist

“Haynes pulls no punches… the skillful police work and superb ending make the reading truly worthwhile. Mystery readers will want more Haynes!”
Library Journal

Behind Closed Doors (9780062276117) by Elizabeth Haynes. $15.99 trade paper original. 3/31/15 on sale.

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