Red Flags
by Black, Lisa

D.C. crime scene analyst Dr. Ellie Barr and pathologist Dr. Rachael Davies, former adversaries-turned-allies, must work together to find a missing baby, the child of a Washington power couple, in a kidnapping linked to a lobbying effort to loosen regulations on a billion-dollar gaming empire.

Lisa Black is the New York Times bestselling author of the Gardiner and Renner Novels and the Locard Institute Thrillers featuring Dr. Ellie Carr and Dr. Rachael Davies. As a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes. Now she is a latent print examiner and certified crime analyst for the Cape Coral Police Department in Florida, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association for Identification, and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and has testified in court as an expert witness over 65 times. Her books have been translated into six languages and she was named finalist for the prestigious Sue Grafton Memorial Award for Perish.  She lives near Fort Myers, Florida. Visit Lisa Black online at

Ellie Carr was orphaned at a young age and raised by various relatives, including her Aunt Katey and cousin Becca. But Ellie and Becca grew apart, and it's been years since they've seen each other. Now, Ellie is a member of the FBI Evidence Response Team while Becca is an advisor to a Senate committee and married to wealthy entrepreneur Hunter, who's about to launch an IPO for a kids' online-gaming platform. Imagine Ellie's shock when she's called out to collect evidence for a baby's kidnapping, and the child turns out to be Becca and Hunter's son. The FBI agrees to keep Ellie on the case, despite her being related to Becca. A diabolical plot linked to Hunter's gaming platform, the kidnapping of kids whose parents are part of his company, and a zealous lobbying group all play roles in Black's twist-filled narrative. Although the extensive detail concerning Congressional hearings and the dangers of online gaming sometimes slows the story, there is more than enough suspense to keep readers fully engaged until the sad and shocking ending. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

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