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Nominated for a Macavity Award for Best Mystery, a Mary Higgins Clark Award, and a Nero Award! And the cover art is up for an Anthony Award!
"An original and gripping work.... Cadence is an extraordinary character and Ure's ability to capture her world is nothing less than remarkable."
Laura Lippman, New York Times Bestselling author of What the Dead Know
How do you catch a killer if you can't see him? How do you know he's not waiting beside you right now?
The Shamus-Award winning author of Forcing Amaryllis returns with the riveting, page-turning story of a blind woman's race against a killer.
Arizona auto mechanic Cadence Moran is no stranger to darkness. Eight years ago, she was blinded in a horrific car accident that also took the life of her three-year old niece. When she is almost run down by a speeding car on the way home from work, Cadence at first thinks that she is the victim of road rage or a bad driver. The chilling truth is much worse: Cadence is the only witness to the murder of her elderly neighbor, and now the killer believes that she's seen the getaway car.
Louise Ure paints the glare of a Southwestern summer with the brush of a blind woman's darkness in this novel of jeopardy and courageand the fine line between themas Cadence fights to stop a killer she can't see.
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THE FAULT TREE
Hardcover, St. Martin's Minotaur, January 2008, ISBN: 978-0312375850
Paperback, St. Martin's Minotaur, March 2009, ISBN: 978-0312545222
eBook, Diversion Books, December 2014, ISBN: 978-1626814639
for THE FAULT TREE
"[The Fault Tree], which alternates first-person and third-person narratives with unusual dexterity, is by turns an accomplished procedural, an acute study of a fiercely independent heroine and a nail-biting suspenser. Cade is the best blind detective since the glory days of Max Carrados a century ago."
Kirkus (starred review)
"The detailed descriptions of dogged police work bring a gritty realism to Ure's second novel. But it's the compelling characters, the masterful storytelling, the vivid depiction of Tucson, and the underlying theme of human frailty that mark this mystery as something special, and Ure as a writer who deserves to be on crime-fiction fans' A-list."
Booklist (starred review)
"Deeply compelling and original ... a complex but credible plot supported by adroit pacing keeps readers guessing. [Ure] will be a force to be reckoned with."
"Ure's first book FORCING AMARYLLIS was an award winner. THE FAULT TREE should also be a nominee for a major award. Her characters are sympathetic. Ure leads us through many dead ends to a heart-stopping ending, all in the heat of an Arizona summer. This book is a must read."
Barbara Franchi, Reviewing The Evidence.com (read the full review)
"Louise Ure has written a powerful story of disfunctional families, blame, and responsibility. It's a mystery that starts on a somber, but riveting, note. "At the end, there was so much blame to spread around that we could all have taken a few shovelfuls home and rolled around in it like pigs in stink." The rest of THE FAULT TREE captures the reader, and doesn't let you go until the final sentence.
It's early in the year to predict another award winner, but I predict that Ure's THE FAULT TREE will once again vie for the mystery awards. Readers interested in a fascinating character, or one of the best mysteries you'll read in 2008, should pick this one up."
Lesa's Book Critiques (read the full review)
"Blind auto mechanic Cadence Moran is the only witness to a murder but is reluctant to help the police in their investigation. She carries a lot of baggage because she feels responsible for her young niece's death in the same car accident that resulted in her blindness. Shamus Award winner Ure (FORCING AMARYLLIS) makes a convincing case for a woman who overcomes her overwhelming sense of inadequacy to become a heroine. Heart-stopping suspense that builds to a crescendo and well-defined characters make this a top-notch mystery. Readers looking for an author similar to the late Barbara Seranella will find this a sure bet. Highly recommended for all collections."
"THE FAULT TREE is an original and gripping work, more proofas if any was neededthat Louise Ure is an exciting new voice in the mystery field. And its nail-biting suspense is balanced with a thoughtful, nuanced view of where blame truly begins. Cadence is an extraordinary character and Ure's ability to capture her world is nothing less than remarkable."
Laura Lippman, New York Times Bestselling author of What the Dead Know
"With her thought-provoking latest, THE FAULT TREE, Louise Ure proves without a doubt that she's one of the most talented new writers to be published in recent years. Soaring suspense, an intriguing cast, a strong sense of place, and an intelligent protagonist you'll root for every step of the way this one has it all."
Jan Burke, author of Bloodlines
"Artfully conceived and beautifully written, THE FAULT TREE by Louise Ure will turn you breathless with its riveting suspense, tug your heart strings with its memorable characters, and leave you glued to your chair until you reach "The End." Ure has created an unforgettable tale."
Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Spymaster
"Louise Ure will win even more fans with this well-written, fast-paced novel featuring the inimitable Cadence Moran."
Jacqueline Winspear, author of Messenger of Truth
"Louise Ure is a tremendous new talent on the mystery scene. THE FAULT TREE showcases her skills at creating a riveting plot and characters you can really care about. I literally couldn't put it down."
Marcia Muller, author of Vanishing Point
"Like the sun in the Arizona desert, Louise Ure turns up the heat in THE FAULT TREE, a riveting, fast-paced tale of blind terror."
Karen E. Olson, author of the Annie Seymour mystery series
"A suspenseful tour de force. It has everything a reader could want: Fascinating and brilliantly crafted characters, blistering pacing, and a story that keeps you in white-knuckle mode till the very end. THE FAULT TREE is another winner."
J.D. Rhoades, author of The Devil's Right Hand
"Ure is a writer of exquisite precision and incendiary talent. FAULT TREE is a knockout on all fronts: so rich in voice and suspense that I guarantee it will blow your doors off."
Cornelia Read, author of A Field of Darkness
"A great nail-biterand unique heroine Cadence Moran is headed straight for the Thriller Hall of Fame."
Lee Child, award-winning author of The Hard Way
"Daring and powerful with a character so uniqueyou won't believe your eyes."
Elaine Flinn, Barry Award winning author of the Molly Doyle Mysteries
"A blind, female auto mechanic? Louise Ure pulls it off. THE FAULT TREE is a suspense-laden, page-turner that is also full of humanity. I recommend it to anyone looking for a fast and satisfying read."
Barbara Seranella, creator of the Munch Mancini Series
"What a terrific heroine, mouthy, frail, compassionate and God, gutsy as hell. So masterfully plotted, and the twists and double twists, marvelous...but what got me most, is how moving the story was. I swear, I will hear the leaves of THE FAULT TREE rustling... for oh... such a long long time and delighted I'll be."
Ken Bruen, author of Priest
"THE FAULT TREE is a terrific piece of work, complex but precisely plotted, full of remarkably vivid characters and scenes nobody else has written. And the prose is electric. I loved every page of it."
James Crumley, author of The Right Madness
"Louise Ure's exciting book THE FAULT TREE is astonishing in its descriptions, its humanity, its puzzle and its audacity. Who but a story-telling wizard would choose a blind car mechanic as a protagonist? But Ure pulls it off and before long I'd forgotten Cadence Moran couldn't see, and knew she saw much more than I ever would. This is a thrilling, satisfying, bold read from a fabulous writer, with a heart-stopping finale. Be warned!"
Louise Penny author of Fatal Grace
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