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PROTECTOR is the gut-wrenching, heartrending story of hard-bitten Denver homicide detective Jane Perry and nine-year-old Emily Lawrence. Emily has witnessed the murder of her parents – murders that the authorities believe are part of a larger wave of crime. However, Emily can’t seem to recall a thing about the killings. When the murderers come after Emily, Jane’s boss sends the two of them to a remote town in Colorado. There, Jane, who doesn’t have a maternal bone in her body, must pose as Emily’s mother and serve as her protector. At the same time, she needs to help Emily slowly remember the devastating event without traumatizing her further. And while she does so, the killer is closing in . . . 

PROTECTOR marks the debut of Jane Perry, an immensely flawed, utterly sympathetic character that readers have already found entrancing. She is the kind of nuanced hero that makes for continuously interesting reading.


“A great novel and a fabulous mystery.” 
– Mysterious Reviews 

“A unique, entertaining, emotionally powerful, deftly crafted, highly recommended work that will leave the reader looking eagerly toward Laurel’s next foray into the mystery/suspense genre.” 
– Midwest Book Review 

“A beautiful and deeply satisfying novel.” 
– New Mystery Reader Magazine 

“PROTECTOR is an extremely fast-paced, page-turning, jaw-clenching story. The reader is pulled into living the story with the characters. If you like suspenseful thrillers, you will love this one.” 
– Fresh Fiction

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