The Sarah Pribek novels

‘This is serious, first-class crime fiction.’
– Publishers Weekly

On a cold Minnesota morning, Detective Sarah Pribek comes home to a puzzling answering-machine message: her husband, a homicide detective who was supposed to start his FBI training today, never showed up at Quantico. When Sarah finds his packed bag underneath their bed, she knows: her husband has disappeared. 

The US cover of The 37th Hour

As hours turn into days, Sarah finds herself investigating on her own. Her former partner is on indefinite compassionate leave following the brutal murder of her daughter.  Sarah’s other colleagues, following the wisdom on missing adult males, suspect that Mike Shiloh has simply walked out on his life in the Twin Cities, including his wife. 

But though Shiloh’s co-workers in the MPD consider him remote and sharp- tongued, Sarah knows her husband to be unflinchingly loyal and protective of those he loves. She cannot believe that Shiloh would leave her with no warning, and she embarks on a investigations that includes the cold case that made Shiloh famous, and then his childhood in a stifling, deeply-religious home.  But when the trail of evidence turns back toward home, Sarah has no choice but to turn to her old partner, and they head for a showdown with a killer who has never paid for his crimes …

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The US cover of Sympathy Between Humans

Six months after the death of a small-town criminal in rural Minnesota, Sarah Pribek is still protecting the identity of a killer. Now an ambitious D.A.’s investigator vows to close the case, and with Sarah’s husband in prison and her partner half a world away, only Sarah remains to face the consequences of last fall …

Providing a much-needed distraction is a perplexing missing-persons case: the son of a famous, reclusive novelist is unaccounted for, perhaps a runaway. Despite the lack of evidence for foul play, the boy’s twin sister pleads for help from Sarah — but she won’t explain the reason behind her desperation, and she seems to be hiding as much information as she’s sharing.  As Sarah reluctantly steps in to help, she discovers hints that the family is haunted by a much older and more serious crime.