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An Ellie MacIntosh Thriller

Detective Ellie MacIntosh (Volume 2)

Kate Watterson

Tor Books


It's the hottest summer on record. The streets are shimmering, walking outside is like walking into a furnace, and yet, someone is still setting fires. Milwaukee homicide detective Ellie MacIntosh is called to an arson scene and finds bewildered home owners, an unidentified corpse, and cryptic clues. Is it a random killing? The ritualistic nature of the crime points to no, and Ellie fears that the already-oppressive summer is just starting to heat up. Ellie doesn't like her obnoxious new partner, Jason Santiago—and he doesn't like her. Yet when she becomes convinced that their investigation is tied to a cold case, Jason finds himself grudgingly starting to agree. It might be hot as hell outside, but the details of the brutal homicide chill him to the bone….

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Chapter 1

The world shimmered.
It was that damn hot.
Detective Ellie MacIntosh said an obscene word under her breath as she slid out of the car and the humidity rolled over her like a tidal wave.

Praise for Charred

“Beware. Frozen will have you shivering.” —Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author

“Watterson draws you in and keeps you riveted until the last page.” —Laura Griffin, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Twisted, on Frozen

“Gripping, atmospheric, and fabulous!” —Carla Neggers, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Saint's Gate on Frozen

“Watterson's evocative prose brings a Wisconsin winter to life where the most dangerous threat isn't the cold but a cunning killer who will leave you chilled to the bone.” —CJ Lyons, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author on Frozen

“A tale of psychological suspense that builds to a chilling ending…will keep you turning the pages late into the evening.” —Jamie Freveletti, international bestselling author on Frozen

“Taut, tense and completely original--I couldn't put it down! Kate Watterson is a terrific storyteller and this compelling page-turner will wrap you in gripping suspense until the very last page.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Award-winning author on Frozen


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Kate Watterson

Kate Watterson grew up on a steady diet of mystery/suspense novels. If it involves murder and intrigue, she is bound to be hooked. Kate also writes award-winning historical novels as Emma Wildes. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband, three children, and a temperamental cat named Poot.


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