A Desperate Place

By Jennifer Greer
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L.A. Times journalist Whit McKenna is recovering from a harrowing assignment in Afghanistan. Seeking refuge she moves with her two daughters to a small Southern Oregon town and works as a crime reporter for the local newspaper.


A month on the job and she's assigned to cover the murder of a famous actress.  Thrust into the media firestorm, Whit's PTSD kicks in full force with disturbing flashbacks, each one exposing repressed memories of her nightmare in Afghanistan. Years of journalistic instincts strengthen her resolve and with dogged determination she pursues the sensational story.


When two more high profile members of the community end up in the morgue with the same gruesome detail, Whit joins forces with medical examiner detective Katie Riggs. Quid pro quo they follow a trail of deception.


Medical science has played a twisted part in this deadly drama and each front page article she writes brings her closer to a vicious killer who will stop at nothing to silence his victims.





“A nonstop thrill ride! Turn the first page and you’re hooked. And Greer has given us one of the most memorable heroes in recent crime fiction, Whit McKenna—love her!”

—Jeffery Deaver, author of “The Bone Collector” and “Solitude Creek”




“From its first page, ‘A Desperate Place’ yanked me into the sordid labyrinth of supply and demand that unearths greed at a new gutter low, formidable sleaze balls aspiring to profit at the expense of innocent human beings at its shady epicenter.”

     —Sandra Brannan, author of the Liv Bergen Mysteries

A Desperate Place is a riveting and informative thriller.  In addition to a fast paced and suspenseful plot it has well developed characters.  Anyone that enjoys a story with a lot of twists and turns should read this book.

by journalist Elise Cooper