Joe Trumbull is not a man who scares easily. As a juvenile probation officer in Kingston, New York, he's half cop, half social worker to the most high-risk youth in the city. And when he's not pounding the streets, trying to keep his kids out of jail, he's pounding a heavy bag in the gym to stay in shape. But tonight Joe Trumbull is scared to death. It's been two years since his fiancEe, Laurel, was brutally murdered. Two years of grief and loneliness. On this hot summer night, he's finally going out on a blind date, his first date since Laurel's death. He's not looking for love, just testing the waters to see if it's possible to live a normal life again. The thought of it is turning his knees to jelly. Marlene Frost is a beautiful woman. She's warm and funny, with a smile to match. After the first awkward minutes, Joe finally starts to think this isn't such a bad idea after all. In fact, maybe this blind date will turn out to be one of the best things that ever happened to him. He couldn't be more wrong. Because somehow, for reasons Joe can barely understand, this one evening will mark the beginning of a new nightmare. A nightmare that will lead him to the faceless man in the shadows....
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by Steve Thayer
by Ray Bradbury
by Virginia Hamilton
by Alwyn Hamilton
by Steve Yarbrough
by Steve Toutonghi
"Steve Hamilton, Edgar-winning author of the Alex McNight series, introduces a new character, Joe Trumbull, a probation officer. Joe is trying to reenter the world of the living two years after his fiancŽe was strangled on the evening of his bachelor party. Sadly, this leads to more loss. After his first date in years, Joe is targeted by both the police and a stalker. Dick Hill's clipped tones and deliberate pace evoke a claustrophobic atmosphere. His performance demonstrates the passion and hope seeping through Joe's pain. Hill expresses emotions well and expertly paces the book, but he can't rescue the text from weighing itself down with too many distractions, which instead of adding suspense, feel like padding. E.D.H. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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