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The Silenced Women: A Violent Crime Investigations Team Mystery
“The two earlier homicide victims took with them to the next world not only every trace of their killer but also Mahler’s belief that any killer could be found. Facts, he discovered, were useless without faith in them, and he’d lost his, as another man might lose faith in his religion or his god.”
In a Northern California city, the body of a young woman is discovered wrapped in a red blanket on a park bench. The scene thrusts Lieutenant Eddie Mahler back to two unsolved homicides at the same location years before. Believing this latest killing could quickly lead to another, as it did in the past, Mahler and his Violent Crime Investigations (VCI) detectives rush to track down the killer.
This time, though, Mahler is suffering a migraine and is so haunted by his earlier failures that he’s secretly lost faith in the techniques of solving crimes and imagines himself in conversation with a victim. If he’s to succeed, he must rely on the newest member of his VCI team, Eden Somers, a young, academically trained officer with a gift for analyzing evidence and a dark past of her own.
At the heart of the investigations are the victims, the silenced women. The latest of these, the woman on the bench, is Elise Durand, a talented artist with bipolar disorder. To find her killer, the detectives start with nothing more than a line of a Keats poem written on the victim’s leg. But as the team digs deeper into the new homicide and the cold cases, they’re plunged into a troubling story that will confront them with their own demons and make them targets of the killers.
The Silenced Women is a debut novel by a new mystery writer, as well as the first in a series on the VCI team.
Praise & Reviews
“In this very promising start to Weisel’s Santa Rosa Violent Crimes Investigations unit series, . . . Weisel delivers sensitive and well-developed portrayals of the beleaguered detectives, without skimping on the action. Readers will be reminded of P. D. James’ Adam Dalgliesh when Mahler describes the art of interrogation as being “like a gentle hand at the suspect’s back,” or when he reflects on the irony of homicide investigations, which often victimize already violated human beings.”
“The debut of a promising new series, The Silenced Women is a timely and compelling police procedural.”
—Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Never Ask Me
“In this propulsive debut, Weisel writes evocatively about a detective in crisis, a complex crime, and a city pushed to the edge by a killer’s grip. With The Silenced Women, you’re in for a smart and gritty ride.”
—Zoë Ferraris, Author of Finding Nouf