The Profiler’s Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner.
Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston’s oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate. Thirty-six hours into the investigation, Sky’s world turns upside down when she is fired from the Homicide team. They pin the murder on an innocent man, forcing Sky into a treacherous game of cat and mouse with the real killer. From the stately mansions of Beacon Hill to the flat scrubland of central Texas, Sky keeps the reader on a razor’s edge, culminating in a no-holds-barred shoot-out.
The Profiler’s Daughter, the first in the Sky Stone Thriller series, introduces a moody, enigmatic, and brilliant female sleuth with the fierce bite of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander. As adeptly written as Martin Cruz Smith’s complex Arkady Renko novels, this thriller offers an intriguing plot, richly detailed characters, and an astonishing conclusion guaranteed to leave the reader begging for more.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote the book that I wanted to read, in the sense that I longed for a female protagonist that I could relate to: Sky Stone is the quintessential female, a woman who anguishes over love, who doubts herself, whose search for the killer is fraught with obstacles and and hurdles, both personal and physical, that she must overcome. A woman who prevails in the end.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Tough question. Some characters (like Yuri) just appeared on the page as fully formed personalities and I had to tweak the tale a bit to make room for them. Others characters were harder to realize, but had to be created to fulfill the requirements of a mystery/thriller.
“I can’t believe you drive that piece of shit.” Teddy parked next to Sky’s Jeep in the metered lot behind the police station and revved the V-8 engine of his teal green Camaro.
“It’s seen better days.” Sky eyed the bullet hole in the rear of the Jeep’s soft top. “It was my dad’s. I can’t bring myself to get rid of it.” The few worldly possessions Monk had left behind made Sky feel absurdly protective. The Jeep carried a series of nasty dents above the rear left wheel and the red paint job was pocked with rust.
Silly, she thought. Why couldn’t she let things go?
“My brother has a used car lot in Watertown. Very upscale. Tell him Teddy sent you. He’ll fix you up with something worthy of your station in life.”
“My station in life?” Sky smiled. “An unemployed homeless woman with an abandoned dog?”
“Temporary, boss, temporary. Jake will be begging you to come back.”
Sky climbed out of the Camaro with Tiffany and the zebra-print backpack. Teddy’s vote of confidence buoyed her more than she was willing to admit.
P.M. Steffen was born in New York City, grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, got her BA in anthropology at Iowa State, and moved back east to Boston to obtain her Ph.D. in experimental psychology. Before turning to writing, she specialized in behavioral treatment approaches to aggression and violence. She lives with her family (including two Shih Tzus, a blind cockapoo, and a lovebird) in the Boston area.
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