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Cut to the Bone: A Novel (Agent Sayer Altair #3) (Hardcover)
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This is book number 3 in the Agent Sayer Altair series.
In Ellison Cooper's new standalone novel Cut to the Bone, a bus full of high school students has disappeared from Washington D.C. and FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair must hunt down the culprit who has a link to her own past.
After grieving the death of her fiancé and almost losing her job, Agent Sayer Altair is finally starting to rebuild her life. Her research into the minds of psychopaths is breaking new ground and her strange little family is thriving. But Sayer’s newfound happiness is threatened when she is called in to investigate a girl’s body left inside a circle of animal figurines below a cryptic message written in blood. When they discover that the dead girl is one of twenty-four missing high school students, Sayer quickly realizes that nothing in this case is what it seems.
As the investigation draws her in to a tangled web of fake identities and false leads, the trail soon begins to point directly to her own life. Now, Sayer must confront her painful past to uncover her connection to the deranged killer if she hopes to save the missing teens and protect everything that she loves.
About the Author
Ellison Cooper has a Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA, with a background in archaeology, cultural neuroscience, ancient religion, colonialism, and human rights. She has conducted fieldwork in Central America, West Africa, Micronesia, and Western Europe. She has worked as a murder investigator in Washington DC, and is a certified K9 Search and Rescue Federal Disaster Worker. She now lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son.
Ellison is the author of Caged.
"Readers will find themselves devouring this genuinely gripping thriller...for fans of Patricia Cornwell and for readers who crave more mysteries with women of color in the lead...will draw teen thriller fans." - Booklist, Starred Review
"The sharp, intricate story, full of chills and unexpected twists, will keep readers guessing to the end." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"The whip-crack pacing and constant sense of being pulled toward multiple leads make for compulsive, blow-through-your-bedtime reading, and if you think it doesn’t end with a bang and a half, think again. Cut to the Bone is a wild ride, creepy while still being a lot of fun." - Book Page
“Cut to the Bone doesn’t just break the mold; it shatters it in forging one of the best books of its kind since the Thomas Harris classic Red Dragon.” - Providence Journal
"Cooper confidently propels Cut to the Bone to its conclusion, tossing off a gasp-worthy twist toward the end (particularly stunning for fans of this series) with impressive dexterity." - Air Mail