Even in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace of the present.

“A brilliantly crafted crime novel. Whiplash pacing and disturbing psychological profiles will grip readers until its startling conclusion.”

— Lisa Turner, Edgar-nominated author of THE GONE DEAD TRAIN

“Every bit as excellent as THE SILENT GIRLS. Engrossing, riveting, and re-readable. Don’t miss out.”

— Mallory Heart Reviews, 5-star review

“A flawless mystery, brilliantly told, with a twisted, spiraling plot that gets under your skin and sends your nerves into overdrive.”

— Classic Book Reader

“Another gem. Rickstad invents his own genre and LIE IN WAIT ups the game. Gripping. Deft. Unexpected. Surprising.

— Drew Yanno, author of In the Matter of Michael Vogel

“Gripping, topical, and wrenching—a top-flight mystery. I didn’t see the gut punch ending coming, even as it tumbled into place. Great stuff.”

— Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-Winning author


Story and what makes it unique

Rickstad has once again penned a brilliant and unique mystery in Lie In Wait. Featuring Sonja Test, this novel is set in the small town of Canaan, Vermont and tackles the sensitive issue of race relations head on. Tensions are high after a high-profile legal case shatters the town’s sense of peace, and old friends turn on each other. When violence threatens, Sonja must race to uncover the truth before it’s too late. With its timely subject matter and well-developed characters, Lie In Wait is sure to keep readers turning the pages until the shocking end.

A few quotes from the book

Rickstad does an excellent job of providing readers with insight into the minds of his characters. In Lie In Wait, Sonja Test is faced with a difficult case that forces her to confront the prejudices and fears of the townspeople. As the story unfolds, Test must deal with the bigotry and hatred that surrounds her, and she provides a voice for those who are often silenced. In one particularly powerful scene, Test confronts a group of men who are threatening a black man:

“I am not afraid of you,” I said. “And I am not afraid to speak up. You are cowards.”

Their faces turned red. They were embarrassed, ashamed. I had called them out in front of their friends, made them look like fools.

“You’re a fucking dyke,” one of them said.

“I am not,” I said. “I am a detective with the Vermont State Police.”

This passage highlights Rickstad’s talent for writing rich and compelling dialogue. Through Test’s interactions with the townspeople, readers are given a glimpse into the complex dynamics at play in Canaan. Furthermore, Test’s strong character allows her to stand up for what she believes in, even in the face of hostility and violence.

Why you should check out Lie In Wait

Rickstad’s latest novel, Lie In Wait, is a timely and powerful mystery that tackles the sensitive issue of race relations head on. With its well-developed characters and intricate plot, Lie In Wait is sure to keep readers turning the pages until the shocking end.

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