At Rope's End: A Dr. James Verraday Mystery

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Crooked Lane Books, Jan 10, 2017 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter 1
5
Chapter 2
14
Chapter 3
22
Chapter 4
26
Chapter 5
34
Chapter 6
38
Chapter 7
51
Chapter 18
138
Chapter 19
161
Chapter 20
169
Chapter 21
180
Chapter 22
183
Chapter 23
188
Chapter 24
207
Chapter 25
213

Chapter 8
66
Chapter 9
72
Chapter 10
79
Chapter 11
97
Chapter 12
101
Chapter 13
106
Chapter 14
113
Chapter 15
119
Chapter 16
126
Chapter 17
132
Chapter 26
222
Chapter 27
230
Chapter 28
233
Chapter 29
237
Chapter 30
243
Chapter 31
252
Chapter 32
261
Chapter 33
268
Chapter 34
287
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About the author (2017)

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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