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The Night Season

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The Night Season

Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series, Book 4

With the beauty killer locked away again, Archie Sheridan works a new case. Three bodies are found in the rain-flooded Willamette River, but it looks like they were dead before they hit the water. Meanwhile reporter Susan Ward investigates a skeleton that washes up—and dates from fifty years ago.

With Gretchen Lowell locked away behind bars once again, part of Portland detective Archie Sheridan can finally rest. While she wastes away in a cell, refusing to talk to anyone, Archie is working a new case. Three people have drowned in the heavy rains that have flooded the Willamette River. Except that it looks like they were dead before they went in the river. Meanwhile reporter Susan Ward is following up on an entirely separate mystery: the dramatic flooding has unearthed a skeleton, murdered more than fifty years ago, during catastrophic flooding that killed dozens. And the river continues to rise...

With the beauty killer locked away again, Archie Sheridan works a new case. Three bodies are found in the rain-flooded Willamette River, but it looks like they were dead before they hit the water. Meanwhile reporter Susan Ward investigates a skeleton that washes up—and dates from fifty years ago.

With Gretchen Lowell locked away behind bars once again, part of Portland detective Archie Sheridan can finally rest. While she wastes away in a cell, refusing to talk to anyone, Archie is working a new case. Three people have drowned in the heavy rains that have flooded the Willamette River. Except that it looks like they were dead before they went in the river. Meanwhile reporter Susan Ward is following up on an entirely separate mystery: the dramatic flooding has unearthed a skeleton, murdered more than fifty years ago, during catastrophic flooding that killed dozens. And the river continues to rise...

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  • Chelsea Cain lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune, then grew up in Bellingham, WA, where the infamous Green River killer was "the boogieman" of her youth. The true story of the Green River killer's capture was the inspiration for the story of Gretchen and Archie. The author of a weekly column in The Oregonian, Cain lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 10, 2011
    With serial killer Gretchen Lowell locked up, Archie Sheridan can concentrate on more pressing issues, like the Willamette River threatening to overflow its banks, in Cain's fine fourth thriller to feature the Portland, Ore., detective. When a body turns up at an amusement park, Archie thinks it's just another drowning, until the coroner finds a puncture wound. The case becomes a murder investigation when similar marks are found on other recent victims thought to have succumbed to the Willamette's rising waters. Meanwhile, reporter Susan Ward is writing a piece on a skeleton uncovered at the site of what was once Vanport, a town destroyed by a flood in 1948. She tags along with Archie's team as they try to pinpoint not only the killer's motive but also his bizarre toxin. Cain easily weaves the history of the real-life Vanport flood with her trademark heart-stopping moments, and fans will be pleased to see the series flourishing without Gretchen on every page. 150,000 first printing.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 2, 2011
    If Cain's new crime novel is to be believed, you don't want to be in Portland, Ore., when the Willamette River rises over its banks. Spunky reporter Susan Ward and depressed police detective Archie Sheridan spend most of the book slogging through slush or swimming for their lives while on the track of a serial killer who uses incurable octopi toxin to dispatch his victims. Putting Archie's homicidal paramour Gretchen Lowell behind bars has allowed Cain to reinvigorate the series, which includes bringing the likable Susan to the fore. This not only makes for a snappier story, it takes advantage of Christina Delaine's inspired interpretation of the ditsy, self-effacing, surprisingly professional reporter and intuitive sleuth. Her sotto voce, monotone Archie is on the money, too. He sounds as if he's still a long way from recovering from the mental and physical damage caused by Lowell. Near the book's end, Susan is locked in the killer's basement with a dead policeman, up to her waist in river water stocked with the deadly mollusks. Author and narrator combine to make it a memorably chilling moment in one of the series' better entries. A Minotaur hardcover.

  • AudioFile Magazine In the fourth in a series of mysteries set in Portland, Oregon, Christina Delaine's expert portrayal of the lead female character is spot-on. Listeners can easily visualize the raspberry lipstick, orange hair, and rainbow boots of local newspaper reporter Susan Ward. Delaine also does a credible job with the lead male character, Archie, a detective who is running the task force charged with apprehending the killer. He has been badly injured, and Delaine rises to the challenge of giving voice to his damaged throat and developing pneumonia. Some of the lesser characters are a bit hard to sort out, but the overall tension, humor, and pathos remain strong. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
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