|The Killing Hour|
Date: 15 July, 2003 — Book
Serial killers are prime fodder for mystery authors, though rare in real life. In this case, the killer is one who kidnaps girls in pairs... but leaves clues as to where one girl is. When that girl is found— invariably killed by her circumstances— her body contains clues to the other girl's whereabouts.
So far, only one girl has been saved, one who was smart enough to survive an extreme environment.
But now the killer has struck again, and left a body on the very grounds of the FBI training location, where agent-in-training Kimberly Quincy finds it, and becomes involved in a case that could kill her career before it even starts. Because the girl looks far, far too much like her murdered sister. And Kimberly is too deeply involved to back out.
As with Gardner's other mysteries, a thread of romance works its way in to the highly implausible circumstances. Or, I should say, the crimes are implausible; romance has a habit of happening at the most bizarre times.