Item description for Truth Catcher: A Novel of Suspense by Anna Salter...
"Fascinating. . . . Handles this touchy material with integrity, tugging on our hearts even as she ties our nerves in knots. Salter writes with chilling authority."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"Salter has graced her protagonist with a compelling and likeable voice in the tradition of Patricia Cornwell."-Library Journal
"An impressive achievement."-Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
Forensic psychologist Breeze Copens has a gift. She not only hears the truth, she also sees it. So she knows when Daryl Collins-a born-again but remorseless con jailed in Seattle for armed robbery-is lying. What she doesn't know is the identity of the -little girl in a blue dress with yellow daisies who appears suddenly in her line of -vision during her interview with Daryl. And Daryl isn't telling.
A heart-stopping thriller, its twists unexpected, its suspense mounting as the steely Breeze attempts to make hard evidence of her intuition, Truth Catcher sets the leggy, red-haired forensic expert on an increasingly treacherous course. It takes her eventually to Dallas, where she falls headfirst into the investigation of an unsolved murder of a four-year-old girl (in a blue dress with yellow daisies) a decade earlier. More dangerously, it puts her in the path of Daryl's half-brother, a creepy drug lord who goes by the name of Trash.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher Pegasus Books
ISBN 1933648252 ISBN13 9781933648255
Availability 0 units.
More About Anna Salter
Anna Salter, Ph.D., is a forensic psychologist and internationally known authority on sex offenders. She has written two academic books on sex abuse and lectured throughout the United States and abroad; she is also the author of two previous novels featuring Dr. Michael Stone -- "Shiny Water" and "Fault Lines, " available from Pocket Books. Dr. Salter is in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin, and consults to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
Anna Salter currently resides in the state of Wisconsin.
Reviews - What do customers think about Truth Catcher: A Novel of Suspense?
Novel of suspense???? Jul 30, 2007
I don't think so. More of a weather report or travel log or something - I'm not sure what. It certainly was NOT suspenseful. Stupid, yes, suspensful no. There are so many things wrong with this novel it's hard to know where to begin. Mainly, it's WWWWAAAAAYYYY to wordy. Kind of makes me wonder if the author was paid by the word. I didn't believe most of the characters, I certainly didn't believe Breeze (BREEZE???) would drop everything and run to rescue a woman she hadn't heard from in 20 years! I have old friends I do that for - but we talk and or see one anther frequently - at least every couple of years. The ending was ludicrous! Boy, didn't we pull that out of of someplace and wrap things up oh, so neatly. Way too much interior dialog, too much head hopping - toward the end we're in Jerry's head and....oops - who's head are we in? Oh, right Jena's. Needless to say, I skipped LARGE chunks of this boring mess.
FANTASTIC! May 5, 2007
I've read all of Anna Salter's previous fiction, as well as some of her non-fiction. Truth Catcher is the best work of fiction she's written thus far. I highly recommend it!
Interesting... Apr 2, 2007
Is what I'd have to say about this novel. I've read other Anna Salter books and liked them all, including this one.
Truth Catcher introduces us to forensic psychologist Breeze Copens who steps into a bit of trouble while interviewing prisoner Daryl Collins. During the interview she knows he's lying, she can "see" it in his voice. He's not born again into the Lord, no big surprise there. What is a surprise is the four-year-old girl in a blue dress with yellow daisies that appears at the corner of her eye. The response Breeze gets when she mentions the child to Daryl starts off a chain of events that she's not prepared for.
Added to that is Lily, the teenage daughter of an old friend. After trying to help her friend out of a bad situation she ends up having Lily to look out for, at the worst possible time. Lily is complicated in her own right, not to mention having Daryl and his murderous drug dealing brother Trash gunning for her.
Having read Salter's other books, also with a main character that's a forensic psychologist, I thought I knew what to expect. But Breeze is a very different character from Michael Stone, softer some how. Breeze is a synesthete. She doesn't just hear sounds she sees colors and designs that add layers to her perceptions. She sees when people are lying by the changes in those colors and designs when they are talking. She gave up working with victims because their pain affected her so deeply. Since she feels little sympathy for offenders that's the arena she chose to work in. But somehow with all her training, and all the things she's seen, she still manages to be surprised by the threat these type of people pose, to her personally. She's not as damaged or as cynical as Stone but she's still a smart strong character.
This book opened up a door into new and different world then Michael Stone lives in. With interesting new people, I really liked Betsy for one, but it isn't fully realized. I'd like to see more of these people and hope she continues this series. Because even with the different storylines, this book felt unfinished. I'd like to see these people fleshed out more in another book.