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In this sequel to Takeover, Black paints a believable portrait of a professional woman struggling to move on with her life. Cleveland forensic scientist Theresa MacLean has been in a fog of grief since her fiancé, Paul Cleary, was killed in a bank robbery eight months earlier, but her latest case needs all the concentration she can muster. When 24-year-old Jillian Perry, a former escort, turns up dead in the woods, Theresa doubts the police theory that Jillian committed suicide. Jillian was the devoted mother of a five-month-old, and her husband of three weeks, who wasn't the child's father, was on the verge of making big bucks with the innovative video game he and a partner had developed. As Theresa re-examines the evidence, a man claiming to be Jillian's boyfriend wants to claim her body and petitions for custody of her baby. Was he a boyfriend or a stalker? This fast-paced thriller features a lot of detailed forensics with a rip-roaring ending. (Sept.)
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Forensic investigator Theresa MacLean takes on the worst kind of murder case—one without clues—in this second novel in a hot new series from Lisa Black

Eight months ago, forensic investigator Theresa MacLean lost her fiancé in a bank robbery gone wrong, and she's had trouble concentrating on her work ever since. But now a particularly difficult case may just be what she needs to regain her focus by demanding all her skill, intelligence, and attention.

Jillian Perry has been found dead in the woods, leaving behind a husband of three weeks and a young daughter. The police can't determine how she died—her body shows no visible marks, and the autopsy reveals nothing suspicious—and the leading theory is that she purposely wandered into the forest and succumbed to the freezing weather. But something doesn't feel right to Theresa, and she can't let it go.

To complicate matters, a former boyfriend of Jillian's unexpectedly petitions for custody of the daughter. Obsessed with Jillian, he also suspects foul play in Jillian's death, and now he and Theresa believe Jillian's daughter may be in danger of meeting a similar fate. With a child's life at stake, Theresa must search for evidence of murder—evidence that doesn't seem to exist—before it's too late.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061544507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061544507
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lisa Black is a certified latent fingerprint examiner and crime scene investigator in Florida and a former forensic scientist for the Cleveland coroner's office. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association for Identification, and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and has testified in more than fifty homicide trials.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michele A. Shimp on September 23, 2009
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Last year I read Takeover by Lisa Black. It was her first novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I listed it as one of my top reads of 2008. I was excited to get an email from Lisa a few weeks ago saying that her next novel is out. Evidence of Murder starts off about 8 months after the end of Takeover.

I have to say I was kind of disappointed in this book. It did not have the 'wow' or the suspense that I expected. However, it was still a good read. The characters are believable but could be a bit more....something. The word stiff comes to mind but am just thinking that they could have been more fleshed out or something. I think they didn't really do anything in the story - Theresa was depressed and yet I didn't feel for her.

The plot was very good. I liked the way it was all set up and the work Theresa did within her job and on her own. I was guessing right up to the end on the 'whodunit' - right along with Theresa. She thought she knew who was the killer but there were enough doubts around to make me wonder too. That was fun.

Overall, it was a good book, but not a great one. I am interested to know what others have thought. And I would like to read more from Ms. Black.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TxsinGrl on December 1, 2012
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I enjoyed the first book in the series, but this one was a harder read. There wasn't much action in it, at times I really had to force myself to read it, hoping it would pick up. I think a hundred pages could have been shaved off without much loss. It was a good story, just a little labored...on to her next book..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ella Conner on February 26, 2013
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Enjoyed this book very much..liked the author's style of writing..will definitely read another one of her books...learned some things along the way also.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 12, 2009
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Eight months have passed since Cleveland forensic expert and single mom Theresa MacLean's fiancé Paul Cleary was killed during a bank robbery. She has tried to move on, but still grieves her loss and struggles at home and on the job.

The murdered corpse of twenty-four year old former escort Jillian Perry is found in the nearby woods. Theresa's cousin homicide detective Frank asks her to help him on the investigation. She disagrees with the prevalent police theory that Jillian committed suicide. Instead Jillian had turned her life around and had every reason to live as she loved and cherished her five-month-old child and was a newlywed with an adoring husband, who along with a partner was about to make millions on a video game they invented. Soon after she joins the inquiry, a man steps forward claiming he is Jillian's boyfriend and files for custody of her baby.

The sequel to TAKEOVER is a fabulous forensic investigative thriller as the murder case ironically brings Theresa back to life though she still mourns her loss. The police investigation is intelligent though it contains a high degree of implausibility. Still the audience will not care as readers will root for the heroine who brings sass and wit to the job.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Tortorello on September 17, 2011
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I really enjoyed Lisa Black's storyline, but a few parts were so filled with forensic details it got a bit dry.

A young mother is found dead with no apparent cause of death. Could the perfect crime really have been committed? Forensic scientist Theresa has set her teeth in this case and will not let loose until she finds the answers.

I really like Black's main character Theresa and the hostage negotiater Chris Cavanaugh. I think the two of them would make a great team (on and off the job)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lourdes (avid reader) on May 2, 2014
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I was excited to read this book because the author lives in my hometown in Florida and I was glad I found out about her book.However, I was very disappointed with the story and how it was written. It was very hard to keep my interest that it took me over a week to finish reading it. There was too much time down on description of the surroundings but not enough character development. I could not root for Theresa@all as a heroine. Obviously she is the main character but I find it hard to believe that she, who works in the M.E. was doing the investigating an solved the case. Not believable at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Fogelman on April 20, 2014
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Really?? This self admitted lab tech in the Forensics office does the whole murder investigation?? It made my head hurt as I kept wondering why the detectives or pretty much anyone else didn't seem to give a darn. And the mystery had almost no mystery. I love this kind of book and am always looking for good new authors - Lisa Black is not going to be on my list.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlean Souligne on October 19, 2009
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This is another twist on forensic science aiding in capturing a killer who is extremely intelligent and has access to sophisticated equipment.

Theresa MacLean is a forensic investigator whose job requires her to work in the lab, most of the time. But when it comes to Jillian Perry's untimely death, she feels emotions tugging at her that have been dormant since the death of her fiancé. Jillian and her daughter Cara become an obsession that Theresa must satisfy.

Theresa finds herself looking for forensic evidence to convict Jillian's husband for her death. He is a super computer techie with access to all kinds of equipment and chemicals. No one believes Theresa and she puts everything on the line to solve this murder.

Along the way, she enlists the aid of her co-workers who all seem to be stock characters from TV, movies and books. Not much help, no depth to their personalities, but they do play their roles here in this novel.

This is a light, quick read. More like a summer salad than a three course meal. The character of Theresa is flawed, but as usual, she recovers most of her personality as she goes along.
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