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At Rope's End

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At Rope's End

Dr. James Verraday is a professor of forensic psychology specializing in eyewitness recall and criminal profiling. He's a brilliant original thinker with a passion for social justice and a very antagonistic relationship with authority, especially the police force. So when Detective Constance Maclean appears in Verraday's lecture hall at the end of one of his classes, he bristles. But the body of a young woman has just been found in a cranberry bog south of Seattle, and Maclean is convinced that this murder is tied to an earlier killing.
The Seattle police already have a suspect in custody for that case, but Maclean suspects the lead detective is knowingly putting away an innocent man to boost his numbers and quiet his critics. Verraday reluctantly agrees to use his skills as a profiler to help out with the investigation—if only to satisfy his own conviction that law enforcement is riddled with corruption. They form an unlikely alliance and soon find themselves tied up in a deadly game to find a serial killer whose wealth and influence make him almost untouchable.

Dr. James Verraday is a professor of forensic psychology specializing in eyewitness recall and criminal profiling. He's a brilliant original thinker with a passion for social justice and a very antagonistic relationship with authority, especially the police force. So when Detective Constance Maclean appears in Verraday's lecture hall at the end of one of his classes, he bristles. But the body of a young woman has just been found in a cranberry bog south of Seattle, and Maclean is convinced that this murder is tied to an earlier killing.
The Seattle police already have a suspect in custody for that case, but Maclean suspects the lead detective is knowingly putting away an innocent man to boost his numbers and quiet his critics. Verraday reluctantly agrees to use his skills as a profiler to help out with the investigation—if only to satisfy his own conviction that law enforcement is riddled with corruption. They form an unlikely alliance and soon find themselves tied up in a deadly game to find a serial killer whose wealth and influence make him almost untouchable.

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  • Edward Kay is an award-winning author and screenwriter with an eclectic background in live-action and animated television, as well as fiction and print journalism. He is best known for is work as a senior staff writer and producer for CBS's International Emmy-nominated political satire This Hour Has 22 Minutes during its four most successful seasons. In addition to his TV credits, Kay has also written three YA novels. He currently lives in Toronto. This is his first mystery.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 7, 2016
    Screenwriter Kay’s intriguing mystery debut blends academia and law enforcement in what looks to be a promising marriage made in the name of crime. Det. Constance Maclean of the Seattle PD is convinced that the murder of a beautiful young woman, whose body was fished out of a cranberry bog, is the work of a serial killer. Clues are hard to come by, and because she’s bucking a senior officer who doesn’t put any stock in her hunches, Maclean decides to circumvent department policy. Turning to forensic psychologist James Verraday, a university professor, as a consultant is a definite breach of protocol, but it sets the stage for an enduring partnership. Both characters are single. Both have complicated pasts and even more complicated presents, and both share similar political ideologies, though Verraday is more liberal. Aside from rather lengthy passages expounding on topics such as criminal profiling and bipolarism, Kay spins a good whodunit with a juicy bonus twist at the end.

  • Library Journal starred review, Debut of the Month

    "This is a promising start from a fresh voice in forensic fiction, a subgenre that's always in need of new blood as the technology changes. With intricate backstories and believable issues, Verraday and Maclean are a duo to watch."

  • Publishers Weekly "[An] intriguing mystery debut...Kay spins a good whodunit with a juicy bonus twist at the end."
  • Chelsea Cain, NYT bestselling author of One Kick "Fans of my books are always asking me for thriller recommendations. Well, this is it. At Rope's End is exactly the kind of thriller I love to read. I will be recommending this book to my readers for years to come. Thank you, Edward Kay!"
  • Brian Freeman, bestselling author of Goodbye to the Dead “Delivers suspense as cool and dark as the Seattle rain."
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