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The Profiler's Daughter (Sky Stone Thriller Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

P.M. Steffen
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Book Description

A grisly murder. A six-year-old eyewitness. A gun from the grave.

The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner.

Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate. Thirty-six hours into the investigation, Sky's world turns upside down when she is fired from the Homicide team. They pin the murder on an innocent man, forcing Sky into a life-threatening game of cat and mouse with the real killer. From the stately mansions of Beacon Hill to the flat scrubland of central Texas, Sky keeps the reader on a razor's edge, culminating in a no-holds-barred shoot-out.

The Profiler's Daughter, the first in the Sky Stone Thriller series, introduces a moody, enigmatic, and brilliant female sleuth with the fierce bite of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. As adeptly written as Martin Cruz Smith's complex Arkady Renko novels, this thriller offers an intriguing plot, richly detailed characters, and an astonishing conclusion guaranteed to leave the reader begging for more.

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About the Author

P.M. Steffen was born in New York City, grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, got her BA in anthropology at Iowa State, and moved back east to Boston to obtain her Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Boston University. Before turning to writing, she specialized in behavioral treatment approaches to aggression and violence. She lives with her family (including two Shih Tzus, a blind cockapoo, and a lovebird) in the Boston area.

Product Details

  • File Size: 703 KB
  • Print Length: 633 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493560336
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lion Dog Press; 1 edition (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TI5XZG
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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126 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fast-paced and action-packed October 22, 2012
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The heroine of P.M. Stephan's The Profiler's Daughter is gutsy and smart AND erudite. If you like mystery novels that grab you by the throat and don't let go, this is for you.
The author's sense of setting and pacing are terrific. I love the descriptions of Boston and Beacon Hill. There's also a romance and terrific twists and turns that will keep you guessing till the very end.
If you like a fast-paced mystery novel with lyrical prose and a wonderful heroine, you will LOVE The Profiler's Daughter. I'm hoping the author will continue with this series and with this protagonist. This is a great read. Bravo P.M. Stephen on a terrific first novel.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
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What a pleasure to discover an intelligent new thriller novelist. P.M. Steffen's "The Profiler's Daughter" is reminiscent of some of the best novels in the genre, evoking comparisons to Thomas Harris and Steig Larssen.
Psychically damaged forensic psychologist Sky Stone is summoned back to Boston from her Nantucket hideaway by her old boss Magnus Moriarty to help her old team solve the murder of a young Boston University co-ed. Despite her protestations Magnus knows that only the beautiful and brilliant daughter of his old cohort and profiler Monk Stone has the tools to crack the case.
Along the way we're introduced to Boston Brahmin (blueblood) society, "The Lake", a quirky Italian subculture existing in the leafy suburb of Newton MA ( complete with its own pidgin vernacular), a famous Boston blues guitarist and the Beantown nightclub scene, love and danger in the Texas scrublands, and an arrogant, psychopathic big pharma CEO bent on dominating the antidepressant market at any cost.
What really struck me was P.M. Steffen's ability to intertwine mystery, science, and emotion. I have to admit, I cried at the end - an especially fulfilling moment that tugged at my heart and left me wanting to know what's going to happen in the next book in the series.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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This many 5 star reviews, pulleeese! Now I have to do the same.

This author pulled off something pretty remarkable. You feel up close and personal with Sky. You know her too personally to call her the heroine. She lives and breathes inside you. You feel what she feels. Repelled by her blue blood grandmother, deep sorrow for her tragedy, love and hate for Jake her former fiance, compassion for a former lover lover who plays exquisite guitar, and the total vulnerability of someone who has not recovered from trauma.

This author keeps you interested, in everything. I love action and suspense books, and I usually skip over the details of place and things because I'm not interested. I read about fashion for God's sake. Every word. Every character kept me on my toes and was intriguing. Nothing is what it seems. I was enthralled by the story, and it was definitely a page turner. It needed no acute violence or sordid lengthy psychoses to keep you rapt. This is a sharp and smart book that challenges you as a reader to keep up with the twists and turns. The bad guy plays a mean game of chess with Sky's mind. As the reader, you get to also play the same game. Who really is the villain? Now as I finish the book and step back, I realize I have more questions, They draw me towards the next book. I can't wait. If you like this genre, then don't miss this series, it would be a terrible loss.
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75 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Translation February 26, 2013
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This book is probably poorly 'billed'. If you read a Kindle sample first you think it is a suspense/romance. It's neither. There is no romance and very little suspense. This book is very dark in the way the victims are killed. The writer gratuitously focuses on the most bizarre aspects of the killings. In the meantime we are bored by the thoughts of the main character. She's overcoming a trauma and is understandably shaky in coming back to work after the tragic event, but the writer has us sit through page after page of her observing people talking to her without her interacting. Chapter after chapter of her partner talking non stop as they go from lead to lead that leads no where. People talking about her father and she just sits there observing the way the trees blow or how the light comes through a window. The ignition never starts on this story let alone move forward. There is a love interest but she doesn't talk to him either. He enters and exits scenes with very little dialogue at one point they sleep together and you think is a dream because no one says a word.He's in. He's out. Couldn't finish it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of the early --Patrica Cornwell November 18, 2012
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I was really impressed by P.M. Steffen's first novel. I seldom write a review and am frequently disappointed by books with 5 star ratings. This book did NOT disappoint me! It grabbed me from the first chapter. Immediately, I called my daughter who is a lover of police procedure thrillers like I am to tell her to read it. The character development was so in depth and riveting that I checked online to make sure this was the first book in the Sky Stone series. I would have STOPPED reading and bought the other books if this wasn't the first one in the series. I loved the book that much. Profiler's Daughter reminds me of the early work by Tami Hoag, Patrica Cornwell, and Karen Slaughter. I am thrilled I found a great author to follow. I hope the next book is out soon!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good fast read with many ins and outs that keep you reading..
I enjoyed the book. It kept your attention and you wanted to keep reading it..good beach read. I recommend it and will read others from this author.
Published 17 hours ago by SUNNY SYL
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I read a lot, and after a while, many books tend to run together, because they are so similar. This one is one I'll remember, though, because the characters are well developed and... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Payton McCloskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Very entertaining and hard to put down. Quick and easy book, I'd recommend for a vacation or weekend read. Really looking forward to the next Dr. Stone story.
Published 5 days ago by Kailani
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Excellent read very well written. It pulls you in and won't let go. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who like a mystery.
Published 10 days ago by Sue Ingham
2.0 out of 5 stars Filler
Too much detail on inconsequential material. Author seems to assume the reader needs to have this material explained in minute detail.
Published 12 days ago by James P. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
This book is pretty good. I love the idea of forensic psychology and the development of "Sky Stone" Thriller series is a good start for P.M. Steffen. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Amarjay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love that I could relate to story since I live in the area. Good read.
Published 13 days ago by Sharon Vanetzian
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Excellent book, well written. Love the descriptions the twists and turns. Will recommend it, looking forward to reading more books
Published 16 days ago by talliemul
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 20 days ago by Charles W. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
This is very entertaining and fresh and gripping. I am impressed with the style of writing and the description and effort that was put into building the characters. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Gresse
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P.M. Steffen was born in New York City, grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, got her BA in anthropology at Iowa State, and moved back east to Boston to obtain her Ph.D. in experimental psychology. Before turning to writing, she specialized in behavioral treatment approaches to aggression and violence. She lives with her family (including two Shih Tzus, a blind cockapoo, and a lovebird) in the Boston area.

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