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Tracy Clark. Thomas & Mercer, $15.95 trade paper (398p) ISBN 978-1-5420-3757-0

At the start of this gripping series launch from Sue Grafton Award winner Clark (the Cass Raines Chicago mysteries), Det. Harriet Foster of the Chicago PD gets a new partner, Det. Jim Lonergan, following the death by suicide of her partner of 11 years. Foster and Lonergan, who’s old-school in the worst way, are clashing before they set out to investigate the murder of a young woman with red lipstick encircling her wrists and ankles. The two are barely speaking to each other when a second victim with the same markings is discovered. Through a psychiatrist, Foster gets a lead on a suspect, Bodie Morgan, who was arrested twice for stalking attractive redheaded women and wound up spending 30 days in a psychiatric facility. Bodie’s twin sister, Amelia Davies, knows why her brother behaves as he does, but it’s a family secret she and Bodie are willing to kill to protect—as Foster and Lonergan discover to their peril. Foster’s dogged approach to catching killers will resonate with Michael Connelly fans. May the wait for the second Harriet Foster police procedural be brief. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Jan.)