Perish (Gardiner and Renner #3) by Lisa Black @LisaBlackAuthor @KensingtonBooks #bookreview #thriller


Title: Perish

Author: Lisa Black

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

Page Count: 320

My rating:  3 stars

About the book:

Bestselling author Lisa Black takes readers on a nailbiting journey to the dark side of justice as forensic expert Maggie Gardiner discovers troubling new details about her colleague Jack Renner, a homicide detective with a brutal approach to law and order . . .

The scene of the crime is lavish but gruesome. In a luxurious mansion on the outskirts of Cleveland, a woman’s body lies gutted in a pool of blood on the marble floor. The victim is Joanna Moorehouse, founder of Sterling Financial. The killer could be any one of her associates.

Maggie knows that to crack the case, she and Jack will have to infiltrate the cutthroat world of high-stakes finance. But the offices of Sterling Financial seethe with potential suspects, every employee hellbent on making a killing. When another officer uncovers disturbing evidence in a series of unrelated murders, the investigation takes a surprising detour.

Only Maggie recognizes the blood-soaked handiwork of  a killer who has committed the most heinous of crimes—and will continue killing until he is stopped. Burdened with unbearable secrets, Maggie must make an agonizing choice, while her conscience keeps telling her: she’s next.


Perish by Lisa Black is the third book in the Gardiner and Renner series. The series are crime thriller reads featuring forensic expert Maggie Gardner and homicide detective Jack Renner. Each book in the series is a new crime/murder to solve for the duo and can be read as standalones but there is an ongoing story line in the character development that carries over from book to book so it’s best to read the series from the beginning for full understanding.

While Perish wasn’t my favorite of the series so far it was still a very solid read and addition to the series. The book begins with Maggie at a crime scene of the brutal murder of Joanna Moorehouse, the founder of Sterling Financial. The case leads to investigating everyone in Joanna’s life to find her killer as the investigators follow the clues from one lead to the next.

Really the only thing bringing my rating down a bit with this installment of the series was I felt it tended to get a bit weighted down with the financial details of the story. With the murder victim coming from that background the investigation leads to a lot of digging into the financial industry which could get a touch boring here and there to me personally.

As usual though it sounded like the author had her facts straight in those details as it does with the details of investigating such a brutal crime giving the book a realistic feel. I will definitely continue to be interest in continuing the series or other books by this author in the future.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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115085About the author: Lisa Black spent the happiest five years of her life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After ten years as a secretary, she went back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cleveland State University. In her job as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes.
She had her life sorted out just the way she liked it until her husband got fed up with Cleveland snow and moved them to Florida, 1400 miles away from her family and her career. Not that she’s bitter or anything. Now she works as a latent print examiner for the city of Cape Coral, Florida, police department, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.
Lisa has lectured at writer’s conventions and appeared on panels. In her life as a writer she’s a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. In her life as a forensic specialist she’s a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. She has had over 741 hours of instruction in forensic topics and has testified in over 50 trials.


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10 replies

    • Thanks Carla! It’s definitely one that would be ideal to do in order but of course each case could be done as a standalone, would just miss the character development then.


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