In "Fear Nothing" (Dutton Books 2014; $27.95), Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author, brings back Boston Detective D.D. Warren. This time around, injured at a crime scene by an attacker she can't remember, D.D. must team up with her pain therapist, Dr. Adeline Glen, to catch a murderer imitating the crime spree from Adeline's own long dead father.
“Or maybe the killings have something to do with Adeline's sister, already serving a life sentence for a brutal slaying,” Gardner says, describing the plot of her 17th mystery. “One detective. Two sisters. Fear nothing. “
Gardner, who lives in New Hampshire, says she like to challenge her characters.
“In D.D.'s case, I think there's nothing on the job she can't handle,” she says. “Hence I open the novel with a serious injury that immediately sidelines her as a detective. Leave it to D.D., however, to not be on the job, but still be on the hunt for the killer who maimed her.”
Like most of her novels, "Fear Nothing" was inspired by an article Gardner read about a girl who suffers from a rare genetic condition that renders her immune from pain.
“Sounds great, right?“ Gardner asks rhetorically. “But in fact, the condition is incredibly dangerous and the article was about all the exhaustive steps taken by her family every day to keep her safe. I knew immediately I had to use this for a book, hence Dr. Adeline Glen, a pain therapist who can't feel pain.”
It seems a natural for Gardner, who has over 22 million books in print, to write mystery novels. After all one of the books her mother gave her was about blood spatter analysis which she used in "Fear Nothing".
“I think 'Fear Nothing' offers a fascinating dialogue on pain,” says Garner already at work on her next mystery. “Why we hate it, but also why we need it, as well as how it can make us stronger. As someone who has struggled with back pain for the past 10 years, this was definitely a more personal novel for me to write, and I hope some readers might even find it useful.”