Heartsick

Heartsick

Paperback Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell

By (author) Chelsea Cain

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 337 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 168mm x 28mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312947151
  • ISBN 13: 9780312947156
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 68,649

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Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him...and tortured him...and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie's life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night--and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.Meanwhile, another series of murders is tearing up the Portland streets. Archie seems to be getting closer to solving this high-profile case...until he finds himself in a fatal collision course with the killer--one that inevitably leads him back to his former captor. Gretchen may be the only one who can help do justice. The only thing she can't do, this time, is save Archie's life.

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Chelsea Cain is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Night Season, Evil at Heart," and "Sweetheart." Both "Heartsick "and "Sweetheart" were listed in Stephen King's Top Ten Books of the Year in "Entertainment Weekly." Chelsea lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune, then grew up in Bellingham, WA, where the infamous Green River killer was "the boogieman" of her youth. The true story of the Green River killer's capture was the inspiration for the story of Gretchen and Archie. Cain lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.

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"DYNAMITE...ONE OF THE MOST SEDUCTIVE AND ORIGINAL PSYCHOPATHS since Hannibal Lecter."--"Entertainment Weekly""Suspenseful...plenty of grisly surprises."--"The New York Times Book Review""A novel you CAN'T AFFORD TO MISS."--"USA"" Today""Completely entrancing...totally original...UTTERLY UNFORGETTABLE."--Dominick Dunne ""HEARTSICK" HAS IT ALL: a tortured cop, a fearless and quirky heroine, and what may be the creepiest serial killer ever created. AN ADDICTIVE READ!" --Tess Gerritsen"OUTSTANDING."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

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A LIVING NIGHTMARE Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him...and tortured him...and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie's life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night--and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.A DEADLY OBSESSION...Meanwhile, another series of murders is tearing up the Portland streets. Archie seems to be getting closer to solving this high-profile case...until he finds himself in a fatal collision course with the killer--one that inevitably leads him back to his former captor. Gretchen may be the only one who can help do justice. The only thing she can't do, this time, is save Archie's life.""HEARTSICK "IS COMPELLING and ORIGINAL." --Chuck Palahniuk"Brilliant."--" New York Post"

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Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind---addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie's a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she's right. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truth---he can't stay away. When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all. Either way, "Heartsick" makes for one of the most extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory.