Jilliane Hoffman began her professional career as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting felonies in Florida from 1992 to 1996. Through 2001, she was the Regional Legal Advisor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), advising more than one hundred special agents on criminal and civil matters in complex investigations involving narcotics, homicide, and organized crime. Originally from Long Island, New York, she presently resides in South Florida with her husband and two children.
Praise for Jillianne Hoffman:
`Guaranteed to follow in the best-selling footsteps of Cornwell, Reiches and Slaughter' Guardian
`Gripping, well-crafted suspense...a belter of a book' Sunday Express
`Hoffman writes like an angel. Outstanding' Independent on Sunday
`Hugely readable' Daily Mirror
Hoffman's (Last Witness; Plea of Insanity) fourth Florida thriller switches from the courtroom to the squad room as Special Agent Bobby Dees tracks a killer targeting "throwaway kids"-troubled teens who might easily be mistaken for runaways. As news coverage grows, the killer taunts the cops and the media by sending a local TV reporter hand-painted portraits of missing teens-and possible victims. As the police build a profile of "Picasso," who appears to be posing in online chat rooms as a teenage boy and winning the trust of insecure and unhappy girls, alternate scenes show Picasso planning his gruesome crimes. These cases resonate with Dees, as his own daughter disappeared a year ago, and he and his wife continue to hope that she's "just" a runaway who will call one day asking to come home. Verdict A fast-paced thriller sure to please fans of James Patterson and John Sandford. [Six-city author tour.]-Karen Kleckner, Deerfield P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Some twists and turns in Hoffman's stand-alone thriller may leave readers scratching their heads, but the suspense ratchets up to such a high pitch that most will keep flipping pages till the end. Coincidentally, the 16-year-old daughter of Bobby Dees, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) special agent supervisor, a leading expert on discovering the fate of missing children, has been gone without a trace for almost a year. But that doesn't keep Bobby from being one of the best at his job. His immediate concern is the fate of 13-year-old Lainey Emerson, who's in the hands of a sadistic serial kidnapper known as "Picasso" for his bizarre depictions of his victims delivered to TV reporter Mark Felding. While Picasso taunts Bobby, Felding turns up the media heat on the investigation. Hoffman (Plea of Insanity) paints a scary picture of sexual predators, vulnerable teens, and the shared hunting ground/playground that the Internet provides. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.