Missouri detective Claire Morgan is eager to get back to work after recuperating from injuries sustained on her last job. But the missing persons case that welcomes her home in the dead of winter soon turns more twisted and treacherous than Lake of the Ozarks’ icy mountain roads. . .where a killer’s tracks can only lead to dark places. . .
Now available at bookstores and other outlets throughout the country, the dark-edged mystery/thriller, "Dark Places"
is the sequel to book one, "Head to Head"
published in March 2006. Both fictional novels deal with a female homicide detective on the trail of serial killers and is set at Lake of the Ozarks. Each book in this police procedural series features parallel storylines–the killer’s descent into madness and murder alongside the on-going homicide investigation.
Ladd also has sold a two-book contract with Kensington Publishing for novels 3 and 4 featuring the same characters and setting. "Die Smiling,"
Book 3 is tentatively scheduled for release in 2008. In addition, Ladd’s literary agent has negotiated a film option with RHI/Hallmark Entertainment for possible adaptation of her novel, "Running Scared."
A diversified entertainment company, RHI is a world leader in the production and distribution of groundbreaking, quality miniseries and movies for television. "Head to Head"
is also being considered for film rights.
With more than 3 million books in print, Ladd is the author of 21 novels with a book published nearly every year between 1984 and 2007. Her books have been translated into over 20 languages, including Chinese and Hebrew. Currently she is at work on book 4 in her Claire Morgan series. Ladd will sign her new novel at the Poplar Bluff Hastings bookstore on Saturday, August 4, 1-3 p.m. She will also sign books at the Cape Girardeau Barnes and Noble on August 25 from 3-5 p.m. Praise for "Dark Places"
"Dark Places is an exciting, thrill-a-minute police procedural. . ."
~Harriet, Klausner, Midwest Book Review
"Chilling, compelling suspense. . .be prepared to lose sleep!"
~Author Eileen Dreyer
"A tough, no-nonsense detective with a well-hidden vulnerable side. . .edgy, clever. . ."
~Author Beverly Barton
"A bright new voice in suspense. . ."
~Author Patricia Gaffney
About Head to Head:
"A clever a plot as has ever been developed. . .leaves the reader breathless. . .something previously beyond experience creeps up a reader’s spine. . ."
~Author Nadine Roberts