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Out at Night (A Grace Descanso Novel) by Susan Arnout Smith
Review by Beth Slater
St. Martin's Minotaur Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312368340
Date: 03 March 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Grace Descanso is on vacation when she gets the message to report to the FBI. Since Grace is a crime scene technician for San Diego, she doesn't feel the immediate need to answer the summons and disrupt the quality time she's having with her daughter – especially since Grace is feeling threatened by the developing relationship between said daughter and her father, to whom she'd recently been introduced (prior book). Grace winds up leaving the two together in paradise to return to the States to find out why Professor Thaddeus Bartholomew – a name she dimly recognizes – texted her name in his final moments before he was skewered with a crossbow and then set ablaze in a field of organic grain.

From official release/information:

Product Description: It's the dead of night, and Professor Thaddeus Bartholomew is frantically crawling through a field to stay alive. With mere moments to act, he has only enough time to type out a text message—a name—before his stalker overcomes him. Later he's found with a hole in his chest, shot with a crossbow, and burned to death.

Meanwhile, San Diego crime scene tech Grace Descanso has gone on vacation with her daughter, but the FBI feels far from guilty about interrupting them after her name turns up on the professor's phone. Grace knows vaguely who he is, but can't imagine why his dying act would involve her in any way—not that it matters. The FBI won't let her walk away; she can either join the investigation or become a suspect in it. Soon, political leaders and extremists will converge at the world's largest agricultural conference, and all signs indicate that Bartholomew's brutal murder in a field of genetically modified soy is just the beginning of something much larger than one man's death.

A gripping sequel to her heart-racing series debut, The Timer Game, Susan Arnout Smith's Out at Night entangles Grace in a sweeping conspiracy that hits her dangerously close to home.

(Source: St. Martin's Minotaur)

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