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Product Details

  • Series: Theresa MacLean Mystery (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 072788252X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727882523
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cleveland forensic cop Theresa MacLean is called to investigate the brutal death of a young woman, who either jumped, fell, or was pushed from 20 stories up in an unfinished building in Cleveland’s slowly regenerating downtown. Even though she’s not normally squeamish, Theresa finds the sight of the woman’s decimated body gut-wrenching. At first, the death appears to be a suicide, but the more Theresa and her partner investigate, the more convinced they are that it’s murder. The dead woman had plenty to live for, including her 11-year-old daughter, Ghost. Theresa soon discovers that Ghost witnessed her mother’s horrifying death and might be able to identify the killer, so now Theresa not only has to find the killer, she also must make sure that the killer doesn’t come after Ghost. As the pressure to solve the case and keep Ghost safe mounts, Theresa senses the killer is close, but she is completely unprepared for his silent and deadly assault when it comes. An intense plot, knuckle-biting suspense, a likable heroine, and a shock ending make for a thoroughly satisfying read. --Emily Melton

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"An intense plot, knuckle-biting suspense, a likeable heroine, and a shock ending make for a thoroughly satisfying read."
Booklist on Blunt Impact


“The bond that MacLean forms with Ghost lends human interest and few will guess the killer’s identity before the final desperate confrontation”
Publishers Weekly on Blunt Impact


“Black handles multiple plots like a pro, building a story with almost as many layers as the new Cleveland jail.”
***Kirkus Reviews on Blunt Impact

Customer Reviews

The forensic science is so interesting.
Mary Poduch
The introduction of a potential love interest for Theresa adds interest and the return of a few old characters gives the reader a feeling of familiarity.
k.c. quinn
I recommend it as all her other books; waiting for Lisa Black's next book.
GinGin

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By indfan48 on February 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Lisa Black is a forensic specialist and it shows in her Theresa Maclean series. She is spot on with her main character, a single mom raising a college-age dauther while juggling a work-intensive job in the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office.
Black's tales are right up there with Patricia Cornwall and Kathy Reichs as she delves into often gruesome evidence to help track down killers or prove that a death was murder.
Her Cleveland settings, including many of its landmark buildings and a lot of its history, are true to life and Maclean and her cohorts spend a lot of time on the west side of the city whereas most writers snub its eclectic assets in favor of east side snobbery. Previous books in the series have also offered glimpses into Cleveland's storied past - much of it rife with crime.
In her latest forensic thriller, a death at a high-rise construction site in the downtown area proves challenging, not only to the cops and scientists but to a pre-teen known as "Ghost" whose role in the case is crucial. Maclean dives into the quest to determine whether the victim fell, jumped or was she pushed to her death from 30 stories up the unfinished building. In doing so, the investigators must also determine why the victim was in the structure in the middle of the night. A second death in the same building amps up the suspense in this intriguing mystery.
And, a hint to readers, Lisa Black is a pseudonym so if you enjoy Theresa, you might take a look at her earliest books, written as Elizabeth Becka which are just as juicy in offering the reader a forensic fix. .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Much of the action in Lisa Black's "Blunt Impact" takes place at a Cleveland construction site where a new county jail is going up. Forty-one year old forensic specialist Theresa MacLean and her cousin, Homicide Detective Frank Patrick, visit this "skeletal landscape of concrete and steel" to look into the death of a twenty-nine year old cement finisher who fell from the twenty-third floor. Did the victim commit suicide, accidentally slip after moving too close to the edge, or was she pushed by an unidentified assailant? MacLean and Patrick interview witnesses, comb the area for evidence, and await the autopsy results.

Black lends realism to her story by delving into the economics and logistics of construction. Readers will learn about concrete mixtures, rebar, and I-beams. In addition, they will get an idea of the time, effort, and money it takes to design and build such a tall and elaborate structure. Meanwhile, the author spins an intricate tale about a psychotic killer with delusions of grandeur; an eleven-year old, Anna, whose nickname is "Ghost"; and corrupt individuals who enrich themselves in an industry tainted by graft and fraud.

Ghost is an appealing character--independent, spunky, and determined. She is also a curious and impulsive child who sneaks out of her house and wanders the streets at all hours. After Theresa meets Ghost, who is involved in her case, the two become friends. When she suspects that someone is planning to silence Ghost permanently, Theresa risks her life to protect the sad and lonely little girl. Alas, "Blunt Impact" is marred by a formulaic and thinly-drawn villain, passages of stilted dialogue, and tepid romantic subplots. On the plus side, Black generates a fair amount of suspense and effectively demonstrates the value of forensic science in solving crimes. CSI fans, in particular, should enjoy this one. (Three and a half stars.)
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By M. Peterson on October 31, 2014
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The plot and the characters were good. However, there were some glaring mistakes in the book. Late in the book a toxicologist reports that one of the victims had a blood alcohol of 1.2 and explains that the finding indicates that the victim had a few drinks but wasn't falling down drunk. Well, a blood alcohol (BA) of 1.2 is 15 times higher than the legal limit of .08, the legal limit in most states, and more to the point, in and of itself, would be lethal. Within a few pages he also reports that another victim had a BA of 0.4 indicative of having had a couple of beers earlier in the evening. A BA of 0.4 is 5 times the legal limit and, at the very least, the victim would be quite intoxicated.

One last issue that I had with the author, or maybe the proof reader, is a glaring grammatical error where the phrase, "could have went" is used. Please, if you are going to make a career of writing or editing what other write, use the language properly.
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Format: Hardcover
Lisa Black knows how to keep you in suspense. Its been awhile since I read a Theresa MacLean book. I hope I don't have to wait too long for the next one. Theresa is a forensic detective called to a crime scene in a construction site. As usual no one was around when it happened and no one knows anything. The boss wants everything cleaned up quickly so he can get his men back to work as soon as possible. Then Theresa finds an 11 year old at the crime scene who says the body is her mother and she saw what happened, but the only description she can give is "he's a shadowman". But Mr Shadowman saw her, doesn't know she never saw his face and now he wants to shut up the only person who can identify him. Black doesn't reveal who the killer is until near the end, so it keeps you guessing especially after another body is found the next day at the construction site.
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