Inspector Tennyson in the original Prime Suspect, played by Dame Helen Mirren, was the ballsiest woman I’d ever seen on TV and the one who set a high standard for all who came next.
The original 1988 version of The Vanishing is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen, with its slow boil start that winds into almost unbearable tension.
The Silence of the Lambs pits a young but steely investigator against a chilling killer and weaves their psyches with edge-of-your-seat precision as the story builds to its terrifying denouement.
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Karen Ellis is the author of A Map of the Dark, the first novel in The Searchers series. The highly anticipated sequel, Last Night went on sale January 2019. Ellis lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.
Even as her father lies dying in a hospital, FBI Agent Elsa Myers can’t ignore a call for help. When a teenage girl disappears from Forest Hills, Queens, a series of false leads during the critical first hours of the case obscure the fact that she did not go willingly. But as Agent Myers searches for a man who may have been killing for years, everything she has buried from her own self-destructive past threatens to resurface with devastating consequences.