A shallow grave on the outskirts of San Antonio yields the body of a fourteen-year-old girl — and Herbie, her beloved stuffed dog. What kind of killer buries his victim with her childhood play-pretty? Jay Brandon’s AfterImage stacks puzzle upon puzzle to build an expertly crafted thriller on the life of a single mother who finds herself on the wrong side of the law to support her two daughters. Readers will applaud the return of district attorney Chris Sinclair and psychiatrist Anne Greenwald in this razor-edged courthouse-and-crook tragedy. by Mike Shea