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On Edge

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Konstantin Slovo knows his way through the dark. He knows what it’s like to live on the edge--of tragedy, of sanity, of humanity. A Chicago cop, Slovo’s own life had come violently apart with the shooting death of his partner. Here on the picture-perfect Maine coast, he thought he could outrun his past. But amid the crying of gulls, he has found something even worse.

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Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 18th 2008 by Dell (first published November 26th 2002)
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Kathleen Hagen
On Edge, by Barbara Fister B-plus
This was a great debut mystery novel. However, I have to say, I’m glad that this isn’t going to be a series. The protagonist was a little too crazy for me. Maybe part of it was trying to fill in the back story. Publisher’s note:

A flip of a coin sends Konstantin Slovo, a Chicago cop who's had all he can take, eastbound on I-90 with no destination in mind. His impulsive flight ends
in Brimsport, Maine, where gulls cry, waves wash against a rockbound coast - and the
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Lelia Taylor
Apr 23, 2012 Lelia Taylor rated it really liked it
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On Edge
Barbara Fister
Random House/Dell, 2002
ISBN 0440237513

Suffering from a gunshot wound, Chicago cop Konstantin Slovo is running from his family, his friends and all the tragedy in his life. His partner was killed in the same shooting and the department is investigating the incident, apparently believing Slovo shot his partner in “friendly fire”.

Heading east, Slovo ends up in a small coastal town in Maine for no particular reason other than to see the sun rise over the water. Parked near the b
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Lynn Demsky
Jun 24, 2013 Lynn Demsky rated it really liked it
Konstantin Slovo knows his way through the dark. He knows what it’s like to live on the edge--of tragedy, of sanity, of humanity. A Chicago cop, Slovo’s own life had come violently apart with the shooting death of his partner. Here on the picture-perfect Maine coast, he thought he could outrun his past. But amid the crying of gulls, he has found something even worse. Twenty years ago in Brimsport, Maine, police investigated a ring of sexual predators--and left behind a town seething in secrets a ...more
Elizabeth A.
May 01, 2010 Elizabeth A. rated it really liked it
Traveling while on leave after being injured in the line of duty, Chicago cop Konstantin Slovo finds himself drawn into the investigation of a serial killer who is preying on children in a small Maine town, first by being picked up as a suspect, then being grudgingly consulted by the local PD.

Slovo finds himself torn between wanting to help and wanting to get out of town as fast as he can, a decision made more complicated by the wildly varied reactions (suspicion, hatred, friendship, both profes
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Rogue Reader
Aug 17, 2013 Rogue Reader rated it really liked it
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A tortured soul, a damaged body - Konstantin Slovo tries to escape his past, driving east from Chicago until he reaches the Maine coast and can't go any further. It's Slovo who is targeted as a child murderer, and who must search for the truth in Brimsport, Maine where old guilt conceals terrible secrets and a serial killer.

Great characters, good plotting and wonderful suspense in On Edge, librarian Barbara Fister's first mystery. Thanks PaperbackSwap.com for trading!

--Ashland Mystery

Susan
Jan 07, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
Konstantin Slovo lands in Maine when trying to escape his life as a Chicago cop. And in the middle of a 20 year old police case that is now being replicated. The characters in this book are really interesting and the plot held up nearly to the end. It's a first novel and, apparently, a second one has not yet come out.
Lois
Jun 10, 2009 Lois rated it liked it
Well done. Some loose ends, too many red herrings. Unfortunately this book contains some gruesome details which I tried to read during a bout of stomach flu. Bad timing!
Tim
Aug 08, 2007 Tim rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(and not just because my mom wrote it)
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I'm an avid reader, an academic librarian, and a writer of various things including crime fiction. My first mystery (or thriller if you like to categorize), On Edge, was published in 2002. In the Wind, introducing a new series set in Chicago, was published by St. Martin's in 2008. Reviewing it in the Chicago Tribune, Paul Goat Allen called it "an understated crime fiction gem." The second in the s ...more
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