Blood and Bone (An Alice Madison Novel #3) (Hardcover)

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Kate Duncan went for a run in Seattle’s Lincoln Park, a few blocks from her house, now her husband Matthew lies in an ocean of blood, brutally beaten to death.  Possibly a burglary gone horribly wrong, but Detective Madison and her partner Sargent Brown dig deeply discovering links to the past that hint of a devious serial killer whose brutality and plotting make him a frightening opponent. It is a case that will take all of Madison’s concentration, but there are other events in her life.  She is dating the cousin of her best friend, sampling what a normal life might feel like, the DEA Boys from California are flying up to quiz her about John Cameron, and someone is betraying her from inside.  John Cameron has also been busy, cleaning up loose ends and dealing with the men who tried to kill him.  Cameron is prone to dealing decisively and deadly with those who mean him harm.  Giambanco’s series uses the Seattle setting beautifully and have plots that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  She has created memorable characters that you will come to care about: Nathan Quinn, a brilliant attorney, Detective Madison, Sergeant Brown, and John Cameron a loyal friend and deadly killer whose victims are the worst elements of humanity.  You can’t help but like Cameron, and Quinn is truly a fascinating character.  Giambanco’s writing brings them to life, making you eager to read more.  

— Deon Stonehouse


"intelligent characters, lots of suspense, great setting" --5-Star Reader Review

"I am now officially hooked on this series and can't wait for the next book to come out" --5-Star Reader Review

"just keeps getting better and better!" --5-Star Reader Review

When a local burglary escalates into a gruesome murder, Madison takes charge of the investigation, only to discover that this is no ordinary killing.

After two years as a Seattle Police Department homicide detective, Alice Madison has finally found a measure of peace she has never known before--a sense of belonging.

Now, Madison finds herself tracking a serial assassin who has haunted the city for years--and whose brutality is the stuff of legend among the super-max prisons of the Pacific Northwest.

As she delves deeper into the case, Madison learns that the widow of one of the victims is being stalked--is the killer poised to strike again? As pressures mount, Madison will stop at nothing to save the next innocent victim . . . even if it means playing a killer's endgame.

About the Author

Valentina Giambanco was born in Italy. After her degree in English and Drama at Goldsmiths, she worked for a classical music retailer and as a bookseller in her local bookshop. She started in films as an editor's apprentice in a 35mm cutting room and since then has worked on many award-winning UK and US pictures, from small independent projects to large studio productions. Valentina lives in London.

Praise For…

Praise for Blood and Bone:

"The detective here is as complex as the crime."
Karen Keefe, Booklist

"Giambanco's writing has only gotten better since she launched the Alice Madison series and is especially successful at evoking the city's moodiness"—Kirkus Reviews

"Realistic twists keep the suspense high, while personal details lend human interest...London-based Giambanco shows an affinity for Seattle, its neighborhoods and environs. Readers will look forward to Madison's further adventures in the next installment."
Publishers Weekly

"I love a mystery where the character development is as important to the author as the mystery itself. Giambanco has created a character readers may not always like, but can certainly identify with"—For the Love of Books

Praise for the Detective Alice Madison novels:

"First-rate . . . V.M. Giambanco is a powerful writer with a strong story to tell."
The Times, on The Gift of Darkness

"Giambanco is a name to watch . . . her Madison series will steadily grow in reputation as it expands."—The Daily Mail, on The Gift of Darkness

"The past is far from forgotten in this sequel to The Gift of Darkness . . . A fast-paced thriller that rivals anything I've read this year. Highly recommended."—For the Love of Books, on The Dark

"As twisty and tasty a crime novel as anyone could wish for...this compelling mystery stands out from the crowd."— Daily Mail

"Damn good and addictive stuff"—Upcoming4Me-Online Literary Blog

"Strongly written, compelling characters"—The Guardian
Product Details
ISBN: 9781681442976
ISBN-10: 1681442973
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: An Alice Madison Novel