It was a murder made for TV: a trail of tiny bloody footprints. An innocent toddler playing beside her mother's bludgeoned body. Pretty young Corinne Wolff, seven months pregnant, brutally murdered in her own home.
Cameras and questions don't usually faze Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson, but the media frenzy surrounding the Wolff case is particularly nasty…and thorough. When the seemingly model mommy is linked to an amateur porn Web site with underage actresses and unwitting players, the sharks begin to circle.
The shock is magnified when an old adversary uses the sexy secret footage to implicate Taylor in a murder—an accusation that threatens her career, her reputation and her relationship.
Both cases hinge on the evidence—real or manufactured—of crimes that go beyond passion, into the realm of obsessive vengeance and shocking betrayal. Just what the networks love.
Homicide detective Taylor Jackson thinks she's seen it all in Nashville — but she's never seen anything as perverse as The Conductor. Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction.
Later, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. Strangely, similar macabre works are being displayed in Europe. Taylor teams up with her fiancé, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, and New Scotland Yard detective James "Memphis" Highsmythe — a haunted man who has eyes only for Taylor — to put an end to The Conductor's art collection.
Has the killer gone international? Or are there dueling artists, competing to create the ultimate masterpiece?
My first reveiw of The Cold Room
I loved reading these books again! It's been so long since the first time, and yeah, I'd forgotten most of what happened in them. Of course, I remembered bits and pieces, but that's nothing compared to having the whole thing together!
Both of these books deal with some pretty nasty subjects-the killing of a pregnant woman and teenage sex rings and exploitation, and having sex with dead bodies. Not pleasant, and The Cold Room was creepier. Yeah.
After the events of 14, The Pretender is out there, and they haven't married quite yet. And their relationship takes some hits, especially in The Cold Room with Memphis and his flirting. Which was really uncool of him!
Loved how things wrapped up in the cases, even if they weren't the best, having the suspect die in front of you, and not being able to charge them without knowing which twin was which. But the demotion bit, yeah, that was hard to read! She was just awful!
Loved reading these books, they were just so fantastic, and I can't wait to read more of this series!
Author: J.T. Ellison
Series: Taylor Jackson #3, 4
First Read: May 29th, 2011
Read: August 24th, 25th, 2016
Reason Why: Love her books! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books!
Published: December 23rd 2008, March 1st 2010
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