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Trail of Echoes

A Detective Elouise Norton Novel

by Rachel Howzell Hall

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  • Published in USA  May 2016
    320 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Trail of Echoes: the latest Elouise Norton novel from critically acclaimed writer Rachel Howzell Hall.

On a rainy spring day in Los Angeles, homicide detective Elouise "Lou" Norton is called away from a rare lunch date to Bonner Park, where the body of thirteen-year-old Chanita Lords has been discovered. When Lou and her partner, Colin Taggert, take on the sad task of informing Chanita's mother, Lou is surprised to find herself in the apartment building she grew up in.

Chanita was interested in photography and, much like Lou, a girl destined to leave the housing projects behind. Her death fits a chilling pattern of exceptional girls - dancers, artists, honors scholars - gone recently missing in the same school district, the one Lou attended not so long ago.

Lou is valiantly trying to make a go of life after her divorce and doing everything she can to avoid her long estranged father. She races to catch a serial killer, but he remains frustratingly out of her reach, sending cryptic cyphers and taunting clues that arrive too late to prevent the next death. This one is personal, and it's only a matter of time before he comes after Lou herself.

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"Starred Review. The third and best of a finely wrought series ... that gives voice to a rare figure in crime fiction: a highly complex, fully imagined black female detective." - Kirkus

"Readers weary of the dour, pessimistic detectives so common to genre can relate to Lou. Those hungry for chills will be satisfied as the action builds to a surprising, terrifying climax." - Publishers Weekly

"This determined African American protagonist makes a wonderful addition to the genre." - Booklist

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Rachel Howzell Hall

Rachel Howzell Hall is a writer/assistant development director at City of Hope, a national leader in cancer research and treatment. She is the author of the acclaimed Lou Norton series, including Land of Shadows, Skies of Ash and Trail of Echoes. She lives in Los Angeles.

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