One to the Wolves: On the Trail of a Killer is Lois Duncan’s painful story. In 1992, Lois Duncan, acclaimed author of fictional suspense novels, wrote a horror story she could never have imagined writing a true account of the murder of her own daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette. Kait, 18, was shot to death as she drove home from a friend”s house on a Sunday evening in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Police closed the unsolved case as a random shooting, refusing to accept information that indicated otherwise, although it had all the earmarks of a professional hit.
That first book, Who Killed My Daughter?, was Duncan’s desperate attempt to motivate informants and prevent the facts if Kait’s story from becoming buried. It turned out to accomplish much more than that.
Duncan’s new book, One to the Wolves: On the Trail of a Killer, is even more horrifying than its predecessor as new information poured in, the family ran for their lives, and their original suspicions turned out to be the tip of an iceberg so immense that Kait, herself, could not have known how dangerous the information was that she had been sitting on in order to protect a now-estranged boyfriend.
Since Kait didn’t live to reveal it, her mother now does. One to the Wolves is a book so intense and yet so painfully human that the reader will never forget it. All of the elements of a suspenseful mystery are here–intrigue, turns and twists, cover-ups, and page-turning action. The sobering fact is that, this time, the story isn’t fiction.
About the Author
Lois Duncan was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in Sarasota, FL.
Lois is the author of over 50 books, ranging from children’s picture books to poetry to adult non-fiction, but is best known for her young adult suspense novels, which have received Young Readers Awards in 16 states and three foreign countries. In 1992, Lois was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award, presented by the School Library Journal and the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association for a distinguished body of adolescent literature. In 2009, she received the Katharine Drexel Award, awarded by the Catholic Library Association to recognize an outstanding contribution by an individual to the growth of high school and young adult librarianship and literature.
Six of her novels—Summer of Fear, Killing Mr. Griffin, Gallows Hill, Ransom, Don’t Look Behind You, and Stranger with My Face—were made-for-TV movies. I Know What You Did Last Summer and Hotel for Dogs were box office hits.