- 1994 Shamus Award Winner
- Literary Guild Selection
Lena Padget was a mild-mannered grad student in a quiet Kentucky town until her sister was brutally murdered, and everything changed.
Over the seven years that the killer has been in prison, Lena has honed her anger to a razor’s edge, working as a private eye for women too scared to help themselves. But with her sister’s killer out of jail — and high on the twisted beliefs of the religious cult that raised him — Lena is suddenly her own most desperate client.
Lena could give any of the tough chicks in mystery fiction, and not a few of the guys, a run for their money: While she may not carry a gun, she packs a lethal baseball bat. But on this go-round, she’ll need every weapon she can muster to avoid becoming another lamb to the slaughter.
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Praise for Satan's Lambs
“Lynn Hightower is a major talent, and Satan’s Lambs is a superior thriller – filled with characters I cared about and a riveting storyline that kept me turning pages.”—Jonathan Kellerman.
“In a single, terrific instant, we feel the icy sense of violation that terrible crimes bring to our relatively routine, orderly lives…” -The Washington Post
“There’s never a dull moment in Satan’s Lambs. Good characters and a plot that moves.” — Tony Hillerman
The drive for this suspense grabber… is supplied by the tough, jumpy, compassionate-to-hurting p.i. Lena Padget…Great talk, heavy action, and, in Lena, a gritty lady with a future.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Lena is one of the most fully realized characters I’ve encountered in detective fiction.” —Andrew Vachss
“Tautly plotted, engaging story, enlivened by crisp dialog.” —Booklist