The Shark (The Forgotten Files Trilogy #1) (Mass Market)

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This is book number 1 in the The Forgotten Files Trilogy series.


A state trooper’s teenage runaway past comes back to haunt her in the first of USA Today bestselling author Mary Burton’s heart-stopping Forgotten Files Trilogy. Now in mass market paperback!

At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum’s past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards.

Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley’s old flame, is Shield Security’s newest member. He’s plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game. Only one girl survived. With the Shark now bent on settling that score, Clay has a chilling suspicion: Riley is the girl who escaped the Shark’s deadly amusement—and she is his next prey.

As the Shark gets ready to play his hand, can Riley and Clay stop him―or will this killer finally claim the one who got away?

About the Author

Mary Burton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty suspense novels including The Seventh Victim, Senseless, Merciless, and Dying Scream. A member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., and Romance Writers of America, Mary is known for creating multiple suspense stories connected by characters and/or place. She is a recipient of the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America, a Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award-Finalist, and a RT Book Reviews' Critics Choice Award-nominee. A Virginia native, she is a graduate of the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and the Richmond F.B.I. Citizen's Academy where she participated in Sisters in Crime's forensic university program. Readers can find her online at

Praise For…

Praise for Mary Burton:
“[Mary Burton is] a sure bet for page-turning suspense coupled with titillating love scenes.” —Library Journal
“Chilling suspense starts promptly at the beginning, setting the steady clip for the unveiling of the suspects. Within this chills and thrills ride, there is romance, against the odds, that may develop under the right conditions.” on Cover Your Eyes
“Burton’s trademark is providing the serial killer’s viewpoint without giving anything away, and by feeding the reader tiny details one at a time, she keeps the tension building.” —Publishers Weekly on Cover Your Eyes
“If there’s a category of ‘page-turner,’ Burton would always end up on the top of that list…Fantastic work with never a dull moment for the reader.” —Suspense Magazine on Cover Your Eyes
“With sharp detail, a nicely developed romance, and stellar plotting that distributes clues with chilling precision, Burton’s latest ‘lock your door and keep the lights on’ thriller beautifully kicks off her new series of four Nashville-set mysteries dealing with the Morgan Family.” —Library Journal on Cover Your Eyes
“A dark engaging mystery suspense…Rich dialogue, complex characters, and a well-plotted storyline provides us with a multi-layered whodunit that twists and turns with deception and misdirection.” —SmexyBooks on Cover Your Eyes
“You can’t go wrong with romantic suspense from Mary Burton.” —The Pilot on Cover Your Eyes
Product Details
ISBN: 9781420155990
ISBN-10: 1420155997
Publisher: Zebra
Publication Date: June 27th, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: The Forgotten Files Trilogy