Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.
When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.
Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else--including Kaely herself--is killed.
FBI profiler Kaely Quinn, the heroine of this uneven series launch from Mehl (Unbreakable), was born Jessica Oliphant, but she changed her name after she discovered that her father, Ed Oliphant, was a serial killer. Kaely has recently relocated to St. Louis from Quantico, Va. glad to have escaped reporter Jerry Acosta, who used to pester her for interviews, "determined to write a book about the daughter of a monster who now fought monsters for a living." Then the obsessed Jerry shows up in St. Louis with an anonymous poem he received in the mail, titled "Seven Little Elephants: A Eulogy for Kaely Quinn." The allegorical poem outlines a series of murders leading up to Kaely's suicide. It also identifies her as Jessica. Thus begins a hunt, complicated by the attentions of two fellow FBI agents who are attracted to Kaely, for a killer who knows a lot about her past. Some readers may find the motive of the unlikely killer unconvincing, but fans of romantic mysteries will want to see more of the gutsy Kaely.
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Great story, but it needs a sequel!