In this series, we’re introduced to FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, his partner then wife Rainie Connor, and his daughter, Kimberley, who also becomes an FBI profiler.
In The Perfect Husband, it’s just Quincy on the trail of a decorated cop who’s escaped from jail after murdering 10 women. And he’s vowed vengeance on the person who put him there, his wife.
In The Third Victim, Quincy finds himself in Bakersville, Oregon, where he partners up with local deputy Rainie Conner to investigate a school shooting. Although a boy has confessed to the horrific crime, evidence shows he may not be guilty.
In The Next Accident, death comes close to home when a killer targets the people Quincy loves the most. The killer is clever and knows his victims’ secret fears and hidden desires. And how can Quincy live with himself when he’s dedicated his life to solving crimes but is well challenged when crime comes home to him?
In The Killing Hour, rookie FBI agent Kimberly Quincy literally stumbles over a body in the woods. Then, the body count mounts up and time starts to run out.
In Gone, Rainie’s demons return and her marriage to Quincy, now retired, is put to the test. When Rainie is kidnapped, Quincy and Kimberly must race against the clock to rescue her.
Say Goodbye is the final in the series so far. Now pregnant, FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy takes on the most dangerous case of her career, involving half a dozen missing prostitutes, two kidnapped children, one lying informant, and a villain who is obsessed with spiders.
If you like novels that come in a series, Gardner won’t disappoint. Of the two Quincys, I preferred Pierce; I felt he had more depth and life experience to him. His dark silences, a product of his childhood and horrifying work probing sick minds, not surprisingly make relationships difficult. His dealings with his estranged wife, the long silences between him and Kimberley, and the evolution of his relationship with Rainie are all elements easy to empathise with and give him a depth of character that Kimberley’s novels are missing.
As ever with Gardner, her psychopaths will draw you in and her novels are page-turners. Never afraid to have the killer close to home, whether in law enforcement or murdering family members, Gardner plumbs the depths of humanity and, yet, we keep reading.
Do I have a favourite novel? Probably The Next Accident because it merges Quincy’s family and profiling job right on his own door step. Say Goodbye is a very strong novel in terms of showing how children, abused physically, verbally and emotionally by their abductor, become dehumanised by their treatment. And The Next Accident shows how a community – and individual families – are torn apart by that all-too familiar phenomenon, the school shooting. Suspicion doesn’t have to be rooted in fact to do its job, it just needs to be persistent.
Overall, I’d have preferred more novels featuring Quincy and Rainie, with occasional input from Kimberley, as there was definitely more room for character development there. Despite the traumas in Kimberley’s back story, she never became more than one-dimensional for me. Preferred the oldies!