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Trace Evidence:
A Novel

By Elizabeth Becka

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ISBN 10: 1401301746
336 pages

In the bestselling tradition of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs, comes a riveting forensic thriller by a dazzling new talent in crime fiction.

A gripping suspense novel that introduces forensic expert Evelyn James as she tries to decipher trace evidence and solve a bizarre crime.

It’s a cold Cleveland November day when forensic trace evidence expert Evelyn James is summoned to the scene of a bizarre crime. A young woman has been forcibly drowned, her feet chained and sunk in cement. When a second young victim is connected to a prominent family, all hell breaks loose, and the police — and Evelyn — are up against it to find the murderer. Evelyn just wants to get the job done, but is pulled into a web of conflicting loyalties, unexpected relationships, and professional betrayal. When Evelyn suspects that her own teenage daughter has become a pawn in the killer’s plans, she must remain true to herself and her skills and follow the evidence to the murderer’s door.

This authentic, high-octane debut is inspired by Becka’s own career as a veteran forensic scientist and her experience using physical evidence recovered from crime scenes — such as blood, hair, fibers, and other microscopic particles — to unlock the secrets of the dead and bring justice to those who have no voice.


“The combination of a credible, likable hero, and a bizarre, chilling story is rare in crime fiction, but in Trace Evidence, Elizabeth Becka makes the tumblers click perfectly. Expect comparisons to The Silence of the Lambs and a nomination for Best First Mystery of the year.” –Jeremiah Healy, author of Invasion of Privacy and The Only Good Lawyer

“Get in on the ground floor of this series, which deserves to go straight to the top. Characters you’ll care about, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and fascinating details that never slow the action — just a few of the reasons you’re going to love the Evelyn James series.” –Jan Burke, Edgar-winning author of Bloodlines


She moved blindly, unable to hear anything over her own ragged breathing. Branches and thorns tore her skin, but she barely felt it-the advantage of being numb. Part of the duct tape had come off her mouth, and a monotonous droning sound turned out to

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