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Face of a killer

by Burcell, Robin.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Fiction FIC BURCEL
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC BURCEL
Bridgeville Public Library Mysteries MYS BUR
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Mysteries
Call Number  MYS BUR
Penn Hills Library Fiction BUR
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  BUR
Whitehall Public Library Mystery Collection MYS Burcell
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Mystery Collection
Call Number  MYS Burcell
FBI forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick questions the guilt of the man about to be executed for her fatheras murder twenty years earlier. The first stirrings of doubt occur when one of her forensic sketches on an unrelated case brings forth memories about her fatheras homicide that shead hoped to forget. A mysterious envelope arrives in the mail on the anniversary of her fatheras death. She opens the packet and discovers a blackmail letter written by her father, an old photo of his army buddies, and a deposit slip from a bank long closed. Refusing to believe that her father was involved in any blackmail scheme, she searches for evidence to clear his name. Her investigation leads to a trail of corruption by high-ranking US political officials, and a meticulous and deadly cover-up by the military and the CIA. The more Special Agent Fitzpatrick digs into her fatheras past, the more she finds it riddled with dark secrets and truths, including the fact that her fatheras seemingly ordinary military career was anything but stellar or even routine.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "FBI forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick is deeply affected by the anniversary of her father's murder. Days before the execution of Johnnie Wheeler, the man convicted of the crime, Sydney, against her mother's wishes, goes to visit him to find out why he killed her father. Wheeler, who always maintained his innocence, tells her details of what happened the night of the crime that make Sydney believe the real murderer is still free, prompting her to reopen the investigation on her own, outside the auspices of the FBI. As she delves into her father's past, she finds he wasn't the saint she believed him to be and learns that he worked for a clandestine government agency. A principled, likable character who has always gone by the book, Sydney learns that sometimes you have to work outside the system to obtain justice. Burcell, an FBI-trained forensic artist herself, frames the story with fascinating insider information on her craft and on the workings of the FBI. She is also the author of the Kate Gillespie mysteries.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this strong first in a new series from Burcell (Cold Case), San Francisco FBI forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick races to unravel the 20-year-old mystery of her father's murder before the upcoming execution of his convicted killer, Johnnie Wheeler. When Sydney interviews Wheeler in San Quentin against her mother's and stepfather's wishes, Wheeler's claims of innocence have a ring of truth. As Sydney begins to investigate her father's past, she uncovers unsavory secrets linking him and some old army buddies, including one who's now a high-powered U.S. senator, to a bank engaged in illegal activities. Sydney's dogged persistence and willingness to bend FBI rules endangers her family, but an 11th-hour meeting with Wheeler for a new forensic sketch points to the answers she's been seeking. Burcell, herself a former FBI-trained forensic artist, keeps her appealing heroine hopping just a step ahead of mortal peril in this intricately plotted page-turner. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Sydney Fitzpatrick thriller
Features Sydney Fitzpatrick, an FBI forensic artist in San Francisco, California
#1 - Face of a killer
#2 - The Bone chamber
#3 - The Dark hour
#4 - The Black list
#5 - The Kill order
Subjects United States. -- Federal Bureau of Investigation -- Fiction.
Government investigators -- California -- San Francisco -- Fiction.
Police artists -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Official secrets -- Fiction.
Anniversaries -- Fiction.
Death row inmates -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher Scottsdale, AZ :Poisoned Pen Press,2008
Language English
Description 381 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781590583746
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