Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag
A woman is savagely murdered and the only witness is her four year old daughter, a little girl who was strangled and left for dead. Why was this attractive single mother and successful artist murdered? Who would do such a thing? How can a small town survive yet another tragedy on the heels of a rampaging serial killer only the year before?
This is the typical fast-paced thriller, but it is set in 1986. Characters in this story lament about budgets prohibiting their police office from purchasing a computer. Their first and only computer. A tech-savvy detective tells his co-workers that one day there will be a DNA database and DNA is the way of the future of law enforcement. His colleagues think he’s a little bit crazy. This is an interesting look at the birth of modern crime scene techniques.
Most thrillers can be read in any order, but I suggest reading the prequel Deeper than the Dead before reading this one. I didn’t do this myself, but I feel like I know everything that happened in that book after listening to Secrets to the Grave and it sounds like it was a great story!