cover image Right Behind You

Right Behind You

Lisa Gardner, read by Luke Daniels and Teri Schnaubelt. Brilliance Audio, unabridged, 11 CDs, 12.5 hrs., $38.99 ISBN 978-1-4805-9872-0

Gardner’s partners in crime fighting and in life—retired FBI profilers Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner—return in fine fashion, helping the sheriff’s department in Bakersville, Ore., zero in on a suspected rampage killer on the run. Complicating matters, the hunted, caught on camera, is Telly Ray Nash, the older brother of Pierce’s and Rainie’s 13-year-old foster child, Sharlah, whom they hope to adopt. The tricky plot unfolds using storytelling devices that dual readers Daniels and Schnaubelt handle effortlessly. Using a straightforward approach for the passages centering on Quincy’s activities, Daniels provides the profiler with a mature, thoughtful, but worried voice. Schnaubelt easily covers the chapters featuring a hard-boiled Rainie and a determined Sheriff Shelly Atkins, but it’s in the passages narrated in present tense by the confused, fearful, dog-loving teenage Sharlah that her performing skills are put on full display. A Dutton hardcover. (Feb.)