Item description for Satan's Lambs (Lena Padgett Mysteries) by Lynn Hightower...
Lena Padget was a mild-mannered grad student in a quiet Kentucky town until her sister was brutally murdered, and everything changed. Over the seven years that the killer has been in prison, Lena has honed her anger to a razor's edge, working as a private-eye for women too scared to help themselves. But with her sister's killer out of jail -- and high on the twisted beliefs of the religious cult that raised him -- Lena is suddenly her own most desperate client. Lena could give any of the tough chicks in mystery fiction -- and not a few of the guys -- a run for their money: While she may not carry a gun, she packs a lethal baseball bat. But on this go-round, she'll need every weapon she can muster to avoid becoming another lamb to the slaughter. Winner of the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel of 1993.
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Lynn Hightower's previous novels include "Fortunes of the Dead, High Water, " and the Shamus Award winner "Satan's Lambs." She studied creative writing with Wendell Berry at the University of Kentucky and holds a degree in journalism. She lives in the South.
Lynn Hightower currently resides in Lexington, in the state of Kentucky.
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A GUARANTEED GREAT READ for fans of well-written thrillers Jan 23, 2008
I found this 1993 book somewhere recently,and being what Dorothy Parker called a "constant reader" (only I think she said "constant Weader fwowed up" in a review she wrote of an A. A. Milne work - ?? (bookworms/Parker fans/quotemeisters help me out here)---- this first in a new series featuring character Lena Padgett is so absorbing, so suspenseful, so interesting, and so very well written that I just can't believe I haven't run across a review or recommendation regarding this author in the 15 years since SATAN'S LAMBS was written. I'm hoping she's written much more since then, and I plan to read them all. I have almost no tolerance for the romantic suspense genre because they're practically predictable by definition. Not in this case, though! Or rather, the characters are so likable that I actually looked forward to those scenes, and that was a big refreshing change for me. Mind you, this novel is not in that genre, but has a potential romantic relationship between the main characters Lena Padgett and the police cop who believes her fears that a satanic cult is out to get her and some especially innocent victims.
(For those who have read Michael Gruber's excellent novels of voodoo/supernatural suspense "Tropic of Night" and "Night of the Jaguar" featuring Cubano detective Jimmy Paz -- the police character and love interest in SATAN'S LAMBS is reminiscent of him, only even more attractive.
Hightower has created at least three other characters I really care about (including a charming rescue dog and his master, a black superhero park ranger. This book is truly one of those you clear your calendar for, turn off the phone, and wish it would not end.
If you are on the picky side, needing your thrillers to be well-written, definitely give this novel a go. It does't hit a single false note! Go Lena! and Go Lynn Hightower!! Listen up awards juries!! Why haven't we heard more about this excellent writer's books?
Best ending in the world! Sep 27, 2005
This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. Not only is the protagonist the most awesome (and likable!)tough gal, but the ending of the story is one of the most satisfying ever!!
Read me! Sep 19, 2001
I thought this book was so good! It was one of those you never want to put down! It kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time! You never knew what was going to happen next!
Excellent book! Jun 23, 2001
I'm reading this book right now, and it's totally engrossing.