Television reporter Riley Spartz is recovering from a heartbreaking, headline-making catastrophe of her own when a longtime police source drops two homicide files in her lap in the back of a dark movie theater. Both cold cases involve women named Susan strangled on the same day, one year apart. Last seen alive in one of Minneapolis' poorest neighborhoods, their bodies are each dumped in one of the city's wealthiest areas. Riley senses a pattern between those murders and others pulled from a computer database of old death records. She must broadcast a warning soon, especially to viewers named Susan, because the deadly anniversary is approaching.
November is television sweeps month, and every rating point counts at Channel 3. Riley must go up against a news director who cares more about dead dogs than dead women, a politician who fears negative stories about serial killers will hurt the city's convention business, and the very real possibility that her source knows more about the murders than he is letting on.
When Riley suspects the killer has moved personal items from one victim to the next as part of an elaborate ritual, she stages a bold on-air stunt to draw him out and uncovers a motive that will leave listeners breathless.
What did you love best about Stalking Susan?
The character development was thorough.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Well, the plot was similar to the Sue Grafton novels, and while I did predict the ending, I thought it was well explained.
What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?
I enjoyed her reading very much.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
I would not make a movie of this book.