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The Debt Collector Hardcover – October 10, 2000

3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 4 of 4 in the Sonora Blair Series

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Sonora Blair returns in a case that pushes the Cincinnati detective closer to her emotional edges and allows Author Lynn Hightower to probe more deeply into her heroine's psyche than she has in her four previous suspense thrillers. This time the divorced mother of two investigates a home invasion in which an entire family striving to hold onto its tenuous grasp on the middle class is brutally murdered, except its youngest member, a 4-month-old infant. But before the baby's mother expires, she manages to whisper one phrase to Sonora: "The Angel came." Was it a heavenly messenger that comforted Joy Stinnet as she lay dying, or a more sinister visitor? Sonora's partner Sam doesn't put much faith in the deathbed declaration, but Blair isn't certain. As she investigates what turns out to have been a savage visit from a couple of thugs collecting on a bad debt, she gets a lead on the killers from an unlikely source: a retired cop with a reputation as a hero and a close connection with her own boss.

Although she's seen her share of murders, this case exacerbates all of Blair's fears for the safety of her own kids and the security of their surroundings. Hightower's skillful depiction of her protagonist's emotional vulnerability, especially the guilt every single mother feels about shortchanging her kids for her career, invests this well-paced mystery with particular resonance and showcases the author's increasingly multidimensional characterizations. The Debt Collector is a good read in a series that gets better with every new book. --Jane Adams

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At the start of this gut-wrenching police procedural from Shamus Award winner Hightower (Satan's Lambs, etc.), Cincinnati homicide cop Sonora Blair and her partner, Sam Delarosa, must investigate a dreaded "home invasion." At the crime scene, they find dead three members of the Stinnet family, father Carl and two children. Then Sonora discovers the wife, Joy, nearly disemboweled under a bed clutching her unharmed baby girl and repeating the "Hail Mary." The dying Joy claims the "Angel" saved them. This nearly undoes the tough but vulnerable cop, who has her own problems as a widow with two kids. When two suspects are picked up, Barty Kinkle and Lanky Aruba, everyone is relieved, except for Sonora, who believes the "Angel" is real and at large. Kinkle is about to make a deal, but he's killed while being transferred from jail. At the same time, Sam is badly wounded. When Aruba is shot dead through his psych ward window, Sonora becomes more than ever convinced that a third person was involved. As Sonora engages in an increasingly dangerous duel of wits in her pursuit of the phantom angel, Hightower builds the suspense to an almost unbearable pitch. The domestic concerns of police and victims, Sonora's budding romance with Sam's ER doctor and her rock-solid partnership with Sam offer relief from the gore.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (October 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385323603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385323604
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,606,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Novelist. Witty after two glasses of wine. Likes tame horses and small sports cars.

Lynn Hightower grew up in the south, and graduated from the University of Kentucky, where she studied creative writing with Wendell Berry and earned a degree in Journalism.

Her books have been included in the New York Times List of Notable Books, the London Times Bestseller List, and the W.H. Smith Fresh Talent Awards. She has received the Shamus Award, and her books have been published in numerous foreign countries, including Great Britain, Australia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Israel and The Netherlands.

Hightower teaches in the Creative Writer's Program at UCLA Extension, and was named Creative Writing Instructor of the year in 2012.

She has studied French and Italian, but is only fluent in Southern. She is married to The Frenchman, writes full time, and shares an office with her Belgian Shepherd, Leo the Lion.

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By A Customer on October 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
She has been a homicide detective for many years working many ugly cases yet she remains steady on her job due to her inner strength and abilities. Sonora Blair is also a single mother raising a teenage son and an adolescent daughter. Though she would do anything for them, she knows something is missing in her life that leads her to the edge of the abyss like none of her cases has ever done. She cannot eat or sleep and has no social life since her last relationship ended seven months ago.

Ironically, her latest investigation wakes Sonora up to what is going on in her psyche. She and Sam (her partner) are investigating the butchery of a family in their home. The prevailing opinion among her peers is that two killers committed the brutal crimes. Sonora believes a third person was also there. That individual rescued the only survivor, a baby. As she and Sam make inquiries, Sonora meets a legendary retired cop, who sends her down a path that seems to wrap up the case. However, Sonora still has professional (and personal) doubts that the case is solved.

THE DEBT COLLECTOR is a dark, disturbing, yet mesmerizing police procedural novel that illustrates the toll police work has on an officer's soul. Readers who prefer happy endings need to look elsewhere as this story line sticks to the blues till the end of the novel and beyond (an aftertaste lingers). The audience who relishes a gut wrenching reality check in their plots will owe a debt of gratitude to talented Shamus Award winner Lynn Hightower.

Harriet Klausner
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This is a tale of an horrific house break-in and a very gory murder of almost an entire family.It seems to have taken place for no apparent reason,and it takes a very feisty woman detective to sort it all out.Lynn Hightower sets a cracking pace and maintains your interest for the entire book.This is a very good ,fast read, with aspects of hidden agendas and enough psychological twists to keep you guessing up to the last.
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Other writers in the mystery/suspense community know how good Lynn Hightower is but now everyone else should start taking notice. Her prose is beautiful, poignant and even haunting. Sonora Blair is an excellent detective but she has flaws and fears like the rest of us. Lynn Hightower is one of the best. Read her other Sonora books too.
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This is an excellent book which was more psychological than her other books. I really liked Sonora and enjoyed her relationship with her fellow cop and the other people in the story. She gives just enough detail about her children not to bore; that's usually the stuff I skip over. I can't wait for Hightower's next book.
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This book was intense but filled with humor--something appreciated when content is is dark. I liked the character and the story. The end was very sad and quite well done, I thought.
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The debt collector starts out with a gory crime scene which is done very well. I think the author goes a little overboard in trying to give the characters "character". Some of the dialog is just downright corny, but hey, some people like corny. Sonora, our heroine detective does her job well and is a bit on the independent/rebellious side. Unfortunately the killer does not get to go to the electric chair, oops, I shouldn't give that away, but his conclusion is still interesting.
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