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The End Game: A Mystery (Moriah Dru and Richard Lake Mysteries #1)

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Moriah Dru’s weekend off with her lover, Lieutenant Richard Lake, is interrupted when Atlanta juvenile court judge Portia Devon hires Dru to find two sisters who’ve gone missing after their foster parents’ house burns down.

An ex-cop, Dru established Child Trace, Inc., after leaving the force. Judge Devon sees to it that Lake is assigned to head the police investigation, be
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published March 31st 2010)
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Apr 15, 2011 Meg rated it liked it
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I really liked that this was set in Cabbagetown; I could picture exactly where they were. It was nice to read something set in Atlanta. The writing itself wasn't all that impressive, but it's a quick and easy read. I figured out the who (which NEVER happens) so that was weird for me. I'm not sure if that means it was written better or worse than other mysteries I've read.
Tina Whittle
Aug 05, 2010 Tina Whittle rated it it was amazing
My first outing with Gerrie Ferris Finger and her protagonist, Moriah Dru, but I'll certainly be back for more. Not a cozy by any means -- it centers its action on a child abduction and reveals horrific details about the real-life child slavery market -- the book is nonetheless very traditional. There are multiple clues to follow for readers who like to test themselves, and while the gore quotient is low, the tension is high. Tautly structured, with a plot firmly rooted in its characters' motive ...more
May 22, 2010 Larry rated it really liked it
Moriah Dru is an ex-cop from the Atlanta PD who left and founded Child Trace, Inc., at the urging of juvenile court judge Portia Devon, a childhood friend. With her police background and romantic relationship with Lt. Richard Lake of the force, Ms. Dru has been in the forefront of many missing-child cases, but none, perhaps, as urgent as the one with which this book opens.

Her planned weekend off with Lt. Lake is interrupted by a call from the judge: a house fire has claimed the lives of two fost
Jun 02, 2010 Robin rated it it was amazing
A terrific debut, winner of the St. Martin's Malice Domestic contest. Despite the win, this book isn't really a cozy, though it's structure is very traditional. The main character works with the police to find missing children - in this one she's working with her cop boyfriend in the aftermath of a fire to find two missing sisters. While that set up isn't cozy, Finger still structures this as a locked room mystery (someone is murdered) and her detective visits each suspect in turn in an almost t ...more
May 20, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
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This book is the winner of the Malice Domestic Best Traditional First Mystery Novel and is well deserving of this award.

Moriah Dru (Dru to her friends) is a former cop who now runs an investigation firm to find missing children. Her lover is Lt. Richard Lake, an Atlanta Police Detective. Together, they are assigned by Atlanta Juvenile Court Judge Portia Dawson to find 2 missing sisters after their foster parents home burns down.

Things are not what they seem (at first) and after a tip from a snit
Sherry Wheeler
Apr 21, 2015 Sherry Wheeler rated it liked it
This was a good mystery about a small town where foster children are disappearing. The culprit is not who you think it is.
Dec 25, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
* I received this book through a first reads giveaway*
This book was great! I probably should have slowed down reading it, and maybe I would have figured it out before the characters did :) IT really keeps you guessing!
Richard Bradley
Mar 19, 2010 Richard Bradley marked it as to-read
The End Game features a strong new heroine in a vivid Southern setting. That's enough for me to know I want to read it.
Nov 24, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful first book. Great setting, good twists in plot. I recommend it!
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