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Published by: Puzzle Box Press
Release Date: May 21, 2024
ISBN13: 979-8-9896779-1-7
Pages: 318


Every move she makes, someone’s watching.

Rachel Matthews is used to stress—from the cutthroat world of the district attorney’s office to her escalating clashes with her teenage daughter. So when a stranger sends a lavish bouquet with a macabre message and leaves a disturbing video on her doorstep, she’s quick to act. Teaming up with an old classmate turned private investigator, she wades through old case files, searching for someone harboring a grudge. But before she has time to pinpoint a suspect, her stalker issues a demand—he wants money, lots of it, or he’ll hurt her daughter.

Desperate to protect her child, Rachel agrees but soon finds herself fleeing a bloody crime scene, fearful for her life. Suddenly she’s in the crosshairs of a dangerous and clever enemy, someone who’s manipulated her since Day One, someone who knows her long-buried secrets, someone who’s framing her for murder. As she follows the clues, Rachel fears the answer is linked to an event eighteen years ago, a deception that could wreck her fragile bond with her daughter. Can she solve the puzzle of who wants to destroy her and beat them at their own game before she loses her career, her family, and her freedom?


“A smart, twisty cat-and-mouse revenge tale. If you love fast-paced suspense reads with flawed, relatable characters and twists you don't see coming, you'll love this book.”
Robert Dugoni, New York Times Best-Selling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite series

Blindspot is a twisty, unnerving thriller that will keep you guessing! I had no idea what to expect next. With memorable characters, a tense story, and plenty of surprises, Maggie Smith kept me glued to the page.”
—Samantha Downing, internationally bestselling author

“Maggie Smith’s BLINDSPOT is a clever, authentic crime novel that delivers not only velvety-smooth prose, an appealing protagonist I’d go out to lunch with, but a denouement that surprised me. The author also slips in a subtle but genuine sense of humor that kept me reading. A must-read!”
Libby Fischer Hellmann, The Ellie Foreman Mystery Series

"Smith's carefully unfolding exploration of the protagonist's intricate psyche deftly parallels the rising action as ADA Matthews moves ever closer to unmasking the stalker's true identity, while her taut, economical prose leave plenty of room for the revelations to flow freely. An often-crafty whodunit laced with traditional elements of mystery and suspense."—Kirkus Reviews

“... an intense thriller … will keep you on the edge of your seat. The narrative is fast-paced and the tension is consistently built, keeping the reader engaged.”
Five-Star Rating – Reader’s Favorite

Opening Scene

The killer is sitting in this courtroom and it’s up to me to prove it.

It isn’t every day a murder this sensational happens in Milwaukee. Sure, we’ve had our share of drive-by shootings, domestic arguments that escalated, home invasions that turned deadly. And yes, there was that lurid trial a while back when the deranged sicko drugged, then ate his victims. That one landed our city in the national spotlight. A once in a lifetime case.

But this one’s right up there. Everyone involved is high profile. Which means it warrants the top guns. Which means my boss of nine years, Marcus Huntley, Deputy DA, is sitting first chair. I catch his eye and his expression confirms what I already know. This is the most important case of my career, and if the verdict goes south, any hope for that promotion goes right along with it.

But this isn’t only about winning for me. There’s a lot more at stake. Consequences I don’t dare think about or I’ll lose my nerve. Because even though the police are convinced this is an open and shut case, I know better.

I know they’ve arrested the wrong person.

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