By Christina Dodd
From bestselling writer Christina Dodd comes The Listener, a narrative of puzzle and intrigue during which misfit and laptop safety professional Cornelia Markum hacks right into a textual content dialog among unidentified advantage Falls citizens ... and realizes she's stumbled right into a homicide plot.
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