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Blood in the Water

Gregor Demarkian Novels

Jane Haddam

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Blood in the Water
Jane HaddamMartha Heydrich lives in a very big, very expensive house in Waldorf Pines, a very rich, very gated community west of Philadelphia. She drives a flashy pink sports car, joins all the local commitees, sticks her nose in everyone’s business—and gets on everyone’s nerves. She is also, it is rumored, to be having an affair with a local teenager. The very same teenager who is discovered one night—by Martha’s husband—floating dead in the community pool…Besides blood in the water, there’s a fire in the pool house—and another corpse. The police assume the charred remains belong to Martha Heydrich, since she’s nowhere to be found. But when DNA tests reveal it isn’t Martha at all, but an unknown man, they turn to ex-FBI agent Gregor Demarkian to get to the bottom of it. The killer could be a jealous husband, runaway wife, or psychotic neighbor. But whoever is guilty, Demarkian wants to make sure their next gated community is a maximum security prison…

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It was six o’clock on the morning of Monday, the fifth of November, and it was cold. It was so cold that Gregor Demarkian found himself staring down at the jacket his wife had laid out for him across the back of the living room couch and wondering if she’d gone insane. Insanity was never to be completely ruled out when it came to Bennis Hannaford Demarkian, but the forms that insanity took were not usually thin cotton jackets presented for wearing in the freeze that heralded the run-up to winter. Bennis was much more likely to do things that would not
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PRAISE FOR JANE HADDAM’S GREGOR DEMARKIAN NOVELS
 
BLOOD IN THE WATER 
 
“Edgar-finalist Haddam shows no sign of creative fatigue in her baffling 27th whodunit…Few readers will reach the answer to this crafty puzzle before the endearing and brilliant sleuth.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) FLOWERING JUDAS 

“Another engaging…story with characters who could walk right off the page.”—Charlotte Observer

“Excellent.”—Booklist (starred review)

WANTING SHEILA DEAD

“Outstanding...Haddam has few peers at misdirection, and she cleverly satirizes the reality show industry while continuing to add depth to her lead.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)  

“Haddam’s series characters are engaging as always, including Demarkian’s quirkly Armenian neighborhood, which has enough character to count as one.”—Charlotte News Observer  

“Her take on reality TV, its egos and backstage battles, is fresh and entertaining, and (as usual) the mystery is sharply plotted. Eventually Haddam may have to deal with the fact that Demarkian’s age will prevent him from continuing to solve crimes, but let’s hope that’s not for a while yet.”—Booklist

LIVING WITNESS

“Haddam offers her typically razor-sharp mystery concerning a highly contentious issue, but also does so without taking sides, treating all of her characters, from devout Christians to agnostics (and all points in between), with respect and understanding. Haddam is a fine writer, exhibiting skills rarely glimpsed in the mystery genre.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Haddam’s excellent novel takes a nuanced look at the debate over teaching evolution in public schools… Haddam makes characters on both sides of the issue sympathetic, explores the inner life of her detective hero—and offers an ingenious fair-play puzzle.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • Jane Haddam

  • JANE HADDAM is the author of more than twenty novels, but is best known for her books featuring Gregor Demarkian. A finalist for both the Edgar and Anthony Awards, she lives with her family in Litchfield Country, Connecticut.  

     

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