Elizabeth Becka is a well-respected forensic scientist, certified by the American Board of Criminalistics Evelyn is a terrific central character - tough, warm and sympathetic Elizabeth Becka has received terrific reviews for her debut novel, TRACE EVIDENCE: 'A smashing debut! This is a grab-you-by-the-throat suspense, written by someone who actually walked the disturbing walk of an investigator. Elizabeth Becka roars onto the forensic thriller scene with all guns blazing' Tess Gerritsen 'Protagonist Evelyn James, a forensic scientist, wins over the reader from the opening page, and the author's ability to speak from different characters' minds is truly astonishing' Jeremiah Healy 'A nail-biter' Booklist 'Compulsive ... Handled with an assurance that belies the fact this is a debut novel' Publishing News 'Nicely done, the narrative is spare, laid-back, the dialogue pithy ... This reader is hooked' Shotsmag 'Characters you'll care about, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and fascinating details that never slow the action' Jan Burke
Elizabeth Becka is a forensic specialist working with the Cape Coral, Florida, police department. Formerly with the Coroner's Office in Cleveland, Ohio, she has lectured to students and officers, has testified as an expert witness, is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics.
Following in the tradition of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta forensic series, Becka's sequel to her debut thriller, Trace Evidence, once again features Evelyn James, a forensic specialist in the Cleveland Medical Examiner's Office. Two women, with no apparent connection to each other, are found murdered in their immaculate and seemingly impenetrable homes, and a third woman, Evelyn's assistant, is discovered near death in her apartment building. There are no signs of forced entry and scant amounts of evidence and information. As Evelyn attempts to investigate, she also must cope with a lack of sleep, a teenage daughter, and a cop boyfriend pressuring her for a commitment. Although Becka uses story and character formulas not unlike Cornwell's, her Evelyn James character stands apart because she focuses on the trace evidence from crime scenes (and less on the physical findings derived from autopsies), has a more complicated set of relationships, and exhibits a good deal of humor and vulnerability, so readers can relate to her easily. This fast-paced, well-written, and entertaining narrative leaves the reader wanting the next book in the series. Recommended for all thriller and popular fiction collections.--Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
TRACE EVIDENCE: 'A smashing debut! This is a grab-you-by-the-throat suspense, written by someone who actually walked the disturbing walk of an investigator. Elizabeth Becka roars onto the forensic thriller scene with all guns blazing.' - Tess GerritsenProtagonist Evelyn James, a forensic scientist, wins over the reader from the opening page, and the author's ability to speak from different characters' minds is truly astonishing. - Jeremiah HealyA nail-biter. - BooklistCompulsive Handled with an assurance that belies the fact this is a debut novel. - Publishing News'Nicely done, the narrative is spare, laid-back, the dialogue pithy This reader is hooked.' - ShotsmagCharacters you'll care about, edge-of-your-seat suspense and fascinating details that never slow the action. - Jan Burke
Forensic scientist Evelyn James of the Cleveland Medical Examiner's office returns for this welcome second novel, following Becka's debut, Trace Evidence. Single mother Evelyn must manage her relationship with her sullen teenage daughter, her sputtering romance with homicide detective David Milaski and the demands of a job she loves. As the book opens, a wealthy woman is found murdered in a locked apartment; soon, Evelyn's friend and colleague Marissa Gonzalez, who lives in the same high-security building as the murdered woman, is attacked twice, and another woman is murdered elsewhere. Evelyn works with Milaski and his partner, Bruce Riley, to find the connection among the victims. In addition, claustrophobic Evelyn must collect trace evidence following a salt mine explosion under Lake Erie. Becka, a Cape Coral, Fla., forensic scientist formerly with the Cleveland coroner's office, keeps the details of this gripping procedural vivid all the way up to the harrowing finale. Fans of Patricia Cornwell's prickly Kay Scarpetta will find Evelyn a complementary contrast. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.