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(The second book in the Chris Sinclair series)
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District Attorney Chris Sinclair is stunned by the resemblance between the forensically reconstructed face of a 14-year-old murder victim and the college sweetheart he hasn't seen for almost two decades. Although the girl was gone from home for three months before her body was found in a shallow grave on the outskirts of San Antonio, she'd never been reported missing. And when Chris finds her mother, Jean, he discovers two more equally shocking facts: Kristen, the murdered teenager, has an older sister, Clarissa, who is Chris's own daughter; and Clarissa is missing too.

Sinclair's troubled feelings compel his very personal interest in saving the child he's never met, and in tracking down the presumed perpetrator of both crimes--a shadowy Fagin-like businessman named Raleigh Pentell who controls a gang of young thieves and supplies them and their classmates with illegal drugs as well. Managing to rescue Clarissa from her captivity, Chris assembles a difficult and circumstantial case against Pentell. But in the process of bringing him to justice, Chris discovers that Jean, who lived a little outside the law when they were lovers, may have been involved in her daughters' murder and abduction.

While the denouement is a bit long in coming, the growing relationships between Chris and his daughter and between Clarissa and adolescent psychologist Anne Greenwald, Chris's fiancée, are enough to sustain one's interest until the end; Brandon is an accomplished writer with atypical insight into his characters' emotional lives, which are movingly explicated. Jean remains an enigma and not as fully explored as she might have been. Although not an entirely sympathetic figure, she lingers in the reader's mind after the other characters have faded away. --Jane Adams

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Haunting, profound, and breathtaking, Jay Brandon's AfterImage is perhaps the finest legal thriller since Presumed Innocent. Once you've started reading this book, you won't want to stop until it's over. And maybe not then." - William Bernhardt

"Taut and intense, After-Image is also a novel about loss and reclamation written with a complexity and subtlety and depth of feeling that raises it far above other novels of its kind." - Martha Grimes

"Jay Brandon is a fine storyteller and a gifted writer. In his new novel, After-Image, the combination is unbeatable." - Sharyn McCrumb

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Used availability for Jay Brandon's AfterImage

Hardback Editions

February 2000 : USA Hardback

Title: Afterimage (Chris Sinclair)
Author(s): Jay Brandon
ISBN: 0-312-86542-2 / 978-0-312-86542-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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Paperback Editions

December 2000 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Afterimage (Chris Sinclair)
Author(s): Jay Brandon
ISBN: 0-8125-4044-1 / 978-0-8125-4044-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Kindle Editions

December 2000 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Afterimage (Chris Sinclair Book 2)
Author(s): Jay Brandon
Publisher: Forge Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA