BOOK REVIEW: The 4th Man by Lisa Gardner

Title: The 4th Man
Author: Lisa Gardner
Publication: December 27, 2016
Publisher: Dutton
Genre: Thriller and Suspense
Pages: 47



SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

FBI Profiler Pierce Quincy and Officer Rainie Conner return in a baffling cold case in this exclusive eBook short story by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.

A young woman is found strangled in the stairwell of a college library, only her sneakers missing. With no physical evidence, no signs of sexual assault, and no witnesses, all the police have to go on are the three men who were in the library with her: her boyfriend and two campus security guards . . . all of whom have secrets, none of whom can be proven guilty.

Five years later, ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, former police officer Rainie Conner, agree to consult on the still-unsolved case, delving into deep background to comb for any clue that will lead to the woman’s murderer. But with no leads and the case colder than the body, will they be able to build a case against one of the three suspects, or is there a fourth man out there? And if the killer has eluded the police this long, how far will he go to ensure justice is never served?

With Gardner’s singular ability to delve into the minds of criminals and law enforcement alike, The 4th Man is a shocking look at the reasons for taking a life . . . and just how far profilers need to go to learn them.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Lisa Gardner has a knack for writing really great short stories that pull you in the same way her novels do. You get hooked from the first few pages and she just draws you in from there. Being only 47 pages, I obviously was able to read this in one sitting. However it was so addicting I stayed in bed an extra 15 minutes just to be able to finish it up when I should have been getting ready.

Quincy and Rainie are back with a little unsolved crime from a decade prior and teaming up with D.D. Warren, my all time favorite Lisa Gardner character. Nothing is getting by this team and, as usual, I found myself trying to figure out ahead of the reveal who was the unsub. Unfortunately Gardner stumped me again and I was shocked by the outcome. Love when that happens. This short story was a quick refresh to some of the well developed and beloved characters readers are use to seeing in a Gardner novel, but with a new story to get our brains firing on all cylinders.

If you want a quick read that draws you in and keeps you interested, pick up The 4th man by Lisa Gardner out on December 27th. You also get a fantastic peek into her upcoming novel Right Behind You out in January! You won’t want to miss either. Another riveting quick tail of deceit, lies, and catching the bad guy with The 4th Man. Five out of five stars.

The 4th Man by Lisa Gardner will be available on December 27, 2016 through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also get a copy through Lisa Gardner’s website HERE. There you can also find a list of all her previous books to keep you entertained for weeks! Make sure to add The 4th Man to your Goodreads To Read list and leave your feedback for Gardner when you are finished.

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