Putnam NY: 2001 First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dustjacket, signed by the author.
When the badly decomposed body of thirteen-year-old Katie Pine is found in an abandoned mine shaft on the Chippewa Reserve, John Cardinal can take some small satisfaction in being proved right. It was Cardinal who'd kept the Pine case open, insisting she was no mere runaway, Cardinal who'd been demoted to the burglary squad for his excessive zeal. Katie Pine isn't the only youngster to have gone missing in the rural town of Algonquin Bay, and Cardinal, brought back to the homicide division after the discovery of her body, is given the go-ahead to reopen the files on three other lost kids. Then another youth is reported missing, and as Cardinal adds his name to the caseload, he begins to see a pattern that screams "serial killer." Meanwhile, the brass have partnered him with Lisa Delorme, newly shifted to Homicide from the Office of Special Investigations, and Cardinal can't help wondering whether she's been sent to keep tabs on him. A guilty conscience makes him think so.
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