Authors: Leslie Glass
Tags: #Detective, #Police Procedural, #Mystery & Detective, #Fiction - Mystery, #New York (N.Y.), #Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths, #Policewomen, #Fiction, #Woo, #Mystery Fiction, #April (Fictitious character), #Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural, #General, #Women Sleuths, #Mystery, #Chinese American Women, #Suspense, #Police - New York (State) - New York, #Mystery & Detective - Series, #Snipers
"Filled with wit and intelligence."
—The Dallas Morning News
"It all comes together in a suspenseful climax that tingles and tangles most satisfactorily ... well-plotted."
"The strength of Glass's story lies in her cultivation of themes—broken families, culture clash, ambition and pride." —
"[A] brash New York thriller.. . The writing style seems to fit the city's and heroine's characters."
—The Post and Courier
"With a plot as real and frightening as today's headlines, nail-biting suspense, and palpable tension,
is a classic page-turner . .. riveting."
"Glass's newest entry succeeds at all levels ... excellent." —BookBrowser
"With each new work, the April Woo tales seem to get better ... Leslie Glass uses her beguiling heroine to provide a humanized police investigation that turns
into a wonderful treat for anyone who enjoys a great story starring a strong individual."
—The Midwest Book Reviews
"This engrossing mystery is hard to set aside."
—Pacific Reader Literary Supplement
"An exciting and carefully crafted police procedural."
—I Love a Mystery
More praise for the novels of Leslie Glass
"One terrific read." —Tami Hoag
"Glass anatomizes relationships with a light touch of the scalpel." —
The New York Times Book Review
"Skillful... compelling . .. Weaving together divergent cultures and their people is one of Ms. Glass's strengths." —
The Dallas Morning News
"Detective Woo is the next generation descended from Ed McBain's 87th precinct." —
"Fast-paced, gritty . . . [April Woo] joins Kinsey Mill-hone and Kay Scarpetta in the ranks of female crime fighters." —
"Builds to an explosive climax as unpredictable and surprising as April Woo herself. A fresh, engrossing read." —
New York Times
"An intense thriller. . . Glass provides several surprises, characters motivated by a lively cast of inner demons and, above all, a world where much is not as it initially seems." —
"Glass not only draws the reader into the crazed and gruesome world of the killer, but also cleverly develops the character of Woo ... and her growing attraction for partner Sanchez." —
The Orlando Sentinel
"A masterful storyteller in the field of psychological suspense." —
"Sharp as a scalpel.. . Scary as hell. Leslie Glass is Lady McBain."
—Nezu York Times
bestselling author Michael Palmer
"If you're a Thomas Harris fan anxiously awaiting the next installment of the 'Hannibal the Cannibal' series and looking for a new thriller to devour, you'll find it in
Burning Time." —Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"A suspenseful story in which those who appear to be sane may actually harbor the darkest secrets of all."
"The plot is clever . .. and the ending is a genuine surprise. Woo is so appealing a protagonist that Leslie Glass can keep her going for a long time."
—The Newark Star-Ledger
"Glass writes a masterful police procedural. . . But it's her wonderfully rich portrait of smart, sensible, intrepid, stubborn April Woo that sets this book apart."
"Brilliant. . . Skillfully done."
—The Tampa Tribune-Times
"Glass does a masterful job of building suspense, and she's a wizard at creating believable, unforgettable characters." —
'This series [is] a winner."
"Tough, fast, edgy ... a layered and rewarding book."
—Contra Costa Times
ALSO BY LESLIE GLASS
Published by New American Library, a division of
Penguin Putnam Inc., 375 Hudson Street,
New York, New York 10014, U.S.A.
Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand,
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First Printing, June 2002 10 98765432 1
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For Alex and Lindsey
For a decade the officers of the New York City Police Department and the New York City Police Foundation have been my constant source of inspiration. Every year I have a greater appreciation for the people who serve and defend New York City. This year more than ever before, I want to acknowledge and commend the NYPD for the courage of its personnel in all its departments and their profound commitment to protect the citizens of New York City no matter how perilous the job.
Thanks especially to Commissioner Bernard Kerik and Deputy Commissioner Maureen Casey and all the top brass for their tireless caring for all the personnel in the department and for the people of New York in the toughest of times. I also want to thank Deputy Chief Dewey Fong for Chinese opera and the Borough of Queens, Inspector Barbara Sicilia for Hate, Detective Margaret Eng Wallace and Detective Ed Wallace for wedding photos and crime scene background, also Lieutenant Joe Blosis of the Crime Scene Unit. Thanks to Pam Delaney, Judy Dyna, Greg Roberts, and all my friends at Crime Stoppers and the Police Foundation for all the good they do.