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Girl They Took
Winnett Book 8
Crime Thriller, Suspense
her daughter had played Gretel in front of a cheering audience, only
two faint stage lights remained. The theater was deserted and eerily
silent; the only sound she could hear was her own heart, pounding in
a frenzy against her chest. She rushed outside and stopped sharply at
the top of the stairs, stunned, her blood turned to icicles. Darkness
had fallen, thick and filled with ocean mist, lampposts like ghosts
sprinkling yellow haloes in the sky.
Paige was gone. They’d
taken her little girl.
I think I just fell head over heels in love with a fictional
Winnett is one of the smartest FBI agents and profilers I have come
across yet and with analytical skills to rival Sherlock Holmes. Hats
off to Leslie Wolfe for easily the
best thriller I have read in this genre for
many, many years!” – Manie Kilianon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
eight-year-old Paige disappears without a trace, FBI
Special Agent Tess Winnett is
called to investigate one of the boldest kidnappings the bureau has
seen. The girl was taken from a theater filled with witnesses, in the
middle of a children’s play. And no one saw anything.
a frenzied search and following leads that seem to suggest a link to
the girl’s father, the state district attorney, Tess is stunned to
learn of a ransom call that points to an entirely different motive,
old as time itself: money.
first twenty-four hours: critical
for answers and painfully aware of each passing moment, Tess has a
choice to make: trust her instinct and follow the leads that seem to
indicate an organized crime connection? Or give in to the demands of
the parents and assist with the ransom payment?
odds of finding Paige alive drop with every passing second, and
making the wrong choice would seal her fate. Her blood would be on
best-selling author of Dawn
back with another suspenseful, gripping crime thriller. If you’re a
fan of David Baldacci, Melinda Leigh, and James Patterson, you will
enjoy Leslie Wolfe’s enthralling police procedural that will keep
you reading until the early morning hours.
Readers and Reviewers Are Saying About Leslie Wolfe
Wolfe has a wonderful ability to make you feel as if you were right
the events unfold in
paced and nail-biting thriller.”
female characters, who
all appear to be flawed, never
action is immediate
and nonstop, and
just when you think you have it all figured out, Wolfe tosses in a
twist so masterful that it’ll make
your head spin.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Leslie Wolfe is an incredible storyteller. Can't
wait for more of Agent Tess Winnett.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
an author spins a
story that draws you in and keeps you drawn in
until you finish the book, you know you will enjoy reading anything
written by that author!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wolfe’s books draw you in, take you along for the ride and finish
with your appreciation of a strong woman! Her
books leave you satisfied, yet wanting more!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wolfe has an uncanny ability to bring strong, endearing female leads
to life.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I couldn’t put this one down! I
instantly liked Winnett and her bad attitude. I found it a little
refreshing that she wasn’t all warm and fuzzy.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wolfe's books are riveting. Her
stories keep you glued to the story with always a surprising ending.”
upon twist. You won’t be able to put this down.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
can’t wait to read the
next book in the series and other books by Leslie Wolfe!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
What is The Girl They Took about?
After nine-year-old Paige disappears without a trace, FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is called to investigate one of the boldest kidnappings the bureau has seen. The girl was taken from a theater filled with witnesses, in the middle of a children’s play. And no one saw anything.
Starting a frenzied search and following leads that seem to suggest a link to the girl’s father, the state district attorney, Tess is stunned to learn of a ransom call that points to an entirely different motive, old as time itself: money.
What would readers remember after they finish reading the book?
A bit of avant-garde cyber forensics science, some cutting edge investigative procedures and methodologies, an interesting dive into the psychology of a serial killer, and all that sprinkled with the latest technology in the field.
Your writing style is fast, filled with dialogue, almost at the expense of descriptives and narratives. Why is that?
This is how human beings interact, especially when under pressure or stress. We stop paying attention to our surroundings, and focus on the task at hand. People interact with one another, talk to one another, and have feelings for one another and for everything we do. That’s what I’m focused on, rather than specifying each article of clothing someone wears, or the color of the flower vase in an office somewhere. This technique isn’t necessarily good or bad; just somewhat different from mainstream.
What’s the biggest compliment you received from a fan?
It’s when readers tell me they stay up all night to finish the book, because they couldn’t put it down. That’s music to my ears Like any other artist and entertainer, I thrive knowing that I deliver that escape into the fictional world in a grasping, gritty, and memorable way.
You mentioned science, technology, psychology. How do you keep it real?
I do extensive amounts of research for my work, and I’m fascinated by what I have the opportunity to learn. Additionally, sections of my books go through a process of validation at the hands of several fantastic partners who are law enforcement officers, attorneys, scientists, doctors in medicine. In Dawn Girl, for example, there are sections that speak about using certain plant extracts and animal venoms to achieve certain goals. Despite the extensive research, my hands were shaking a little as I wrote them, metaphorically speaking, and I was relieved when my research “passed scientific review.”
Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?
Apart from social media and email interactions, I’m a veritable recluse. Email is the best and quickest way to reach me, and I was fortunate to build true friendships with readers over email. The majority of my readers ask me when’s the next book coming out, not when I’m getting out of the house, so I get the hint and keep on writing.
Is the Tess Winnett Series going to be continued?
This book is the eighth in the Tess Winnett Series, and yes, a ninth could happen very soon. So far, this series has been very well received by the readers, and my fans have been adamant: they want more. Therefore yes, there’s more, and there will be even more, coming soon. It all starts with Dawn Girl.
Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of
traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong
women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up
by extensive background research in technology and psychology.
released the first novel, Executive,
in October 2011. Since then, she has written many more,
continuing to break down barriers of traditional thrillers. Her style
of fast-paced suspense, backed up by extensive background research in
technology and psychology, has made Leslie one of the most read
authors in the genre and she has created an array of unforgettable,
brilliant and strong women heroes along the way.
of the television drama Criminal
Minds, her series of books featuring
the fierce and relentless FBI Agent Tess
Winnett would be of great interest
to readers of James Patterson, Melinda Leigh, and David Baldacci
crime thrillers. Fans of Kendra Elliot and Robert Dugoni suspenseful
mysteries would love the Las Vegas
Crime series, featuring the
tension-filled relationship between Baxter and Holt. Finally, her
series of political and espionage action adventure will enthrall
readers of Tom Clancy, Brad Thor, and
has received much acclaim for her work, including inquiries from
Hollywood, and her books offer something that is different and
tangible, with readers becoming invested in not only the main
characters and plot but also with the ruthless minds of the killers
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