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by Kim Wozencraft

Though they are sisters, Kit and Jenny could not be more different. Jenny is the dutiful daughter, following in her father's footsteps to become a Texas cop. A detective in the Austin Police Department, she is surprised when she sees a crime report with her sister's name on it.Rebellious Kit is always trying to escape the fallout of her mother's death and the gravitational pull of her father's expectations. Working as a stripper, she is living in a nighttime world of pseudonyms and lies. And she's begun to notice some new characters hanging around the club.Suddenly, one sister's murder leads to the other's investigation of it, and brings her into a world more deadly than she can imagine. As the truth unfolds, one sister begins to question everything--even her own sanity--and the role she might have played in this lethal dance.
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ISBN: 0312948336
ISBN13: 978-0312948337
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Kim Wozencraft
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st edition (October 2, 2007)
ePUB size: 1316 kb
FB2 size: 1967 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 106
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I love the works of Kim Wozencraft and this book is another winner. I just wish she would write more novels more frequently. I recommend it highly.
Katherine "Kit" Metcalf and her sister Jenny reacted differently to the family dynamics after their mom died. Whereas Jenny obeyed their martinet father by becoming a cop like him and is engaged to an undercover police officer, Kit chose philosophy in college and avoided anything remotely involving law enforcement. Adding to Kit's estrangement is a rape that she never has come to terms with or gotten over. In anger towards all males, Kit becomes a stripper at Austin's Blaze gentleman's club where she can safely tease men with glass between her and them.

However, the dynamics change again when Austin police detective Jenny, investigating a porn ring and related murder tied to Blaze, is found dead. Needing to obtain justice for the sister she feels she let down, Kit begins to obtain therapy with psychiatrist Dr. Emily Wolfe and investigates her sibling's murder over the objections of everyone she knows. However one objector has personal reasons to prevent Kit from succeeding either with therapy or her case. That adversary attacks Dr. Wolfe and steals Kit's file. Kit ponders if it is her dad, her late sister's fiancé Luke Saner, or someone else close to her who needs the truth to remain buried perhaps in her subconscious mind.

More a psychological thriller than an amateur sleuth tale, fans of both sub-genres and anyone who appreciates a deep character study will want to read this superb candid tale. The story line is action-packed, but it is the psyche of Kit that grips the audience as she grieves with no help from her stiff upper lip family who didn't help her when her mom died. Kim Wozencraft provides an incredible look at a woman over the edge without a safety net. The Devil's Backbone is a chillingly thrilling tale.

Harriet Klausner
Kit Metcalf wakes up in a park and does not remember how she got there. She's works as a dancer in a gentleman's club called Blaze's in Austin. Kit could not be more different than her sister Jenny. Jenny is a detective, engaged to be married soon. Kit meets Luke, Jenny's fiancé who has been working undercover at Blaze's. Kit was able to fend off an attacker in the club's parking lot. She could barely handle the news that her sister was murdered. Not knowing who to trust, she decides to counseling. Dr. Wolfe is soon threatened to stop seeing Kit and physically attacked. Another dancer from the club, Cheryl is found dead. She can't help but feel she's next. Kit needs to trust Luke as she tries to help him investigate Jenny's death. Complex, psychological thriller that is hard to put down.
Underneath the constant almost purple description of what every room Kit enters happens to look like is a weak mystery story about what has happened in the murder of her sister Jenny. Kit's not a very engaging character, so it's hard to really get into the story through her mostly justified "I hate the world and the world hates me" attitude. There were points where I just wanted her to go away and have the story take over from Jenny's boyfriend's point of view. He seemed much more grounded and easier to take.
Cover calls it "A brilliant psychological thriller" I would definitely not go that far. I'm in a Mystery book club and this was the next book on the list. Story line is just Ok, I'd elaborate, but it seems the other reviewers have explained it enough. I guess if you are in the mood for a quick read it's ok, but there are better options.
This book left so many unanswered questions. I was totally dissatisfied - the ending is so anti-climatic. One of the biggest mysteries in the book was neglected to be answered and NOT in good way. It left me with nothing.