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Gabrielle Lord's first novel FORTRESS was translated into six languages and made into a successful film. Since then she has published a number of bestsellers, including LETHAL FACTOR, BABY DID A BAD THING, DEATH DELIGHTS, FEEDING THE DEMONS, THE SHARP END, WHIPPING BOY, TOOTH AND CLAW and JUMBO. She has adapted several of her novels for the screen. DEATH DELIGHTS won the 2002 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel, and BABY DID A BAD THING was joint-winner in the 2003 Davitt Award for crime writing and was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel 2003. Previous Books: LETHAL FACTOR, BABY DID A BAD THING, DEATH DELIGHTS, FEEDING THE DEMONS, SPIKING THE GIRL, THE SHARP END, WHIPPING BOY, TOOTH AND CLAW and JUMBO.


Things were going well for Gemma Lincoln when she first left the NSW police and set herself up as a private investigator. But now the work has dried up, her half-sister has joined a cult, Gemma's broken up with her undercover-cop boyfriend ... and she's just discovered she's pregnant. When a senior policeman and his sister-in-law are brutally murdered, Gemma ends up investigating the case alongside her old police colleagues. At the same time, she is juggling two missing-persons cases. This is Lord's fourth book featuring Gemma Lincoln, and her fourteenth book overall. She is certainly adept at weaving together the multiple plots and many secondary characters that are a standard feature of the genre, skilfully keeping the reader's attention at the same time as confusing us with red herrings and dead ends. Lord has always gone beyond the mechanics of the plot to flesh out the personalities of her characters and the details of their relationships, but I felt in this case that there was perhaps too much talk and not enough action--but maybe that's just a bloke thing! Tim Coronel is the editor of BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER

A stunning mystery and masterful weave of tension and lovely prose by the hugely talented Lord [The Australian Women's Weekly]SHATTERED is so engrossing you want to devour it in one sitting. [Weekend Australian]This is a most enjoyable thriller with many intricate strands and threads to absorb and appeal. [Good Reading Magazine]A compelling story of tough decisions, loyalty and the warmth of friendship. [Woman's Day]SHATTERED puts Gabrielle Lord in the international front rank of female crime writers. [The Australian]

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