Dead Weight (The Lizzy Gardner Series)
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Private investigator Lizzy Gardner knows a thing or two about living in the past. As a teenager, she was terrorized by a serial killer, an ordeal that haunted her for more than a decade before the maniac was finally stopped. So when terminally ill Ruth Fullerton begs Lizzy to reopen the cold case into her daughter’s disappearance, it’s hard to say no. More than twenty years have passed since Carol Fullerton vanished, abandoning her car by the side of a California freeway. The police wrote her off as a runaway, yet something tells Lizzy the truth isn’t so simple…
Carol’s cold case has barely begun to thaw when Andrea Kramer shows up at Lizzy’s door. Andrea’s sister, Diane, has been missing for months, and she’s convinced a charismatic weight-loss guru—part Tony Robbins and part Richard Simmons—is responsible. Diane was obese, but could her obsession with losing weight have led to her disappearance?
As if two active missing persons cases weren’t enough, Lizzy is also trying to manage her two teenage assistants, including one as wounded and haunted by her past as Lizzy.
Fast-paced and deftly plotted, this impressive follow-up to the best-selling Abducted finds Sacramento PI Lizzy Gardner in over her head—but more determined than ever to help those no one else will.
everything to do with her weight.” “How so?” “According to friends and family, that’s all she talked about. She was over 200 pounds and she might have been depressed. She tried every diet known to mankind. Pills, gimmicky equipment, some kind of weird cotton ball diet, you name it. I recently learned from one of Diane’s co-workers that she joined an online group called the Weight Watcher Warriors.” “Can you join the group?” “I don’t know. I didn’t think of that.” “You might want to join and
“Sorry I haven’t been around much. Jared will be heading off on business for a few weeks and I wanted to spend some time with him before he leaves.” “How about your workouts? How was that this morning?” Lizzy felt heat rise to her face. Her best workout had been last night in bed with Jared. A treadmill and a few lunges didn’t compare. But she wasn’t the type to kiss and tell. She glanced at her watch. “My workouts are later on Wednesdays. I’m supposed to meet Cathy at the gym in 45 minutes for
Randy asked. “As a matter of fact, I was. But—” she looked up at the road sign, “looks like I took a wrong turn.” She could feel the twelve-inch baton as she wrapped four fingers around the handle. With a push of the button it would extend to a little over twenty inches. She also had a knife strapped around each thigh. A Stubby knife with a birch handle and 3 1/4 inch blade, and her SOG, a small but lethal knife: all in preparation for Randy—not Randy and friends. She took a step back,
said matter-of-factly, “he’s the father of my daughter. We’ve been through a lot together. And there was a time when I did love him.” “When? Why? How?” “Cut me a break, Lizzy. The divorce will be final in a few weeks. I’m not going to do anything crazy, okay?” “Okay.” “I’m tired. I’m going to sleep.” “Goodnight,” Lizzy said. “I love you.” “Love you, too.” *** “Oh, my God! Let him go!” Jessica shouted from the door. She left Brittany’s side and ran outside to where Hayley was using her
long as you’re doing someone.” She let out a crazy laugh. “Remember what you used to tell me about your dick?” The girl with the luxurious hair got a chuckle out of that. She used her elbow to jab the other guy. “Turn off that crap. I want to know what Brian used to say about his dick.” The room was silent. All eyes were on Hayley. Brian came to his feet and threw his gaming controller on his empty seat. “Looks like I’ll have to take care of this in private after all.” A couple of steps