"A compelling family mystery that kept me turning the pages. Highly recommended."--Margaret Maron, New York Times bestselling author of Three Day Town
"Dear Tommie: Have you ever wondered about who you are?"
The letter that turns Tommie McCloud's world upside down arrives from a stranger only days after her father's death. The woman who wrote it claims that Tommie is her daughter--and that she was kidnapped as a baby thirty-one years ago.
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--Booklist "Tommie McCloud is the kind of character that every female reader ends up wanting as a sister of best friend--a friend of passionate loyalties, a no-nonsense woman who doesn't possess the insincerity gene, a not-too-girly Texas spitfire...feverishly compelling....Heaberlintells the story with whip-smart dialogue, an insistent pace and keen wit; it's irresistible enough that I sped through all 300-plus pages in one sitting." --Dallas Morning News "A terrific debut . . . Like the Chicken-Fried Steak that its characters love, Playing Dead combines Texas and Noir in unexpectedly wonderful ways, with a refreshingly real heroine and a plot thatmoves and twists with the unpredictability of a rodeo bull."
--Susanna Kearsley, author of The Rose Garden "A debut crime novel from an author with a very promising future....Heaberlin can certainly keep the suspense going and dangled me like a fish on a line....Heaberlin's debut is excellently written with a great mix of intrigue, murder and mystery to keep the reader determined to see what happens on Tommie's journey." --Crimesquad
"As Heaberlin leads the reader through several complex threads, her fast-paced narrative rarely flags." --Detroit News
"Impressive....her debut's most striking feature is Tommie's narrative voice, which is so winning and vivacious." --Sunday Times (UK)