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Picture of David (Barrett Lake Mystery #2)

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This new mystery from the author of Following Jane is the frightening story of the kidnapping of a 14-year-old Russian immigrant boy by a killer obsessed with fire, pornography, and revenge against the boy's parents for a mysterious unpaid "debt". Teacher turned private investigator Barrett Lake soon gets a lesson in terror.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Signet
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Mar 30, 2013 Spotsalots added it
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This held up pretty well for a mystery published 20 years ago (since I'm discovering how many don't really). It brings back certain aspects of the period well--the increase in Russian immigration to the Bay Area during the early post-Soviet years, the rise in anxiety about missing and exploited children (which remains a popular worry, but in different ways). And, as a former inhabitant of Marin County, I rather enjoyed the narrator's reminiscences of her hippie past there as she conducted her ...more
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Nov 05, 2012 Sandra Strange rated it it was ok
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This series features a teacher who really prefers to work as a PI in the San Francisco Bay area. Adult themes on this one make it pretty bleak. The puzzle is well written and the protagonist is sympathetic. The villain definitely isn't (and shouldn't be, of course, but this one's particularly horrifying.)
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Shelley Singer is the author of a dozen published novels and many short stories. One of her mysteries was nominated for the prestigious Shamus Award of the Private Eye Writers of America. She has written mysteries, science fiction, and mainstream fiction. Singer began her working life as a reporter with UPI in Chicago. During a checkered and mercifully brief journalism career, she m
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