Lena is a fingerprint expert at a crime lab in the small city of Syracuse, New York, where winters are cold and deep. Suddenly, a series of crib deaths--indistinguishable from SIDS except for the fevered testimony of one distraught mother with connections in high places--draws the attention of the police and the national media and raises the possibility of the inconceivabl...more
Lena Dawson is the rare first-person heroine with depth, who is written with such conviction and awareness that her development isn't encumbered by the first-person perspective. She is the lens through which we view a strange, seemingly disjointed flurry of events. Her world view ...more
Lena Dawson is a fingerprints expert with the Syracuse PD. When a rich mother makes a direct plea to her to examine the death, supposedly from SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), ...more
Abu-Jaber, Diana – 1st mystery
WW Norton & Company, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN:9780393064551
First Sentence: I spot her as soon as I get off the elevator on the fourth floor.
*** Fingerprint expert Lena Dawson possesses a heightened sense of smell and intuitive abilities that help her in her job with the Syracuse Police. She has no knowledge of her natural parents and, while raised by foster parents, as memories causing her to believe ...more
This is the (unlikely) story of a forensics fingerprint clerk who finds herself investigating some (unlikely) mysterious crib death, which ...more
Lena is a fingerprint analyst and extremely good at her job. She becomes involved in a case of babies that have died apparently of SIDS, but the truth is much more sinister. As Lena finds out more about the details of ...more
Because I was born in Syracuse I found the book enjoyable simply as a walk down memory lane - savoring the names of streets I remember from m ...more
In addition to the main character, I thought the book had great atmosphere. I've lived in a very cold place, and this book takes place in the winter time in Syracuse, New York. The snow and ice and dark lent great atmosphere to this story.
I didn't love it. There we ...more
Lena, the main character, is around 33, and believes that she was raised by Gorillas until she was about 3, when she was placed in a foster home. She carries much resentment toward her foster parents, because they never adopted her, despite her living with them until she was an adult.
Separated from her cheating husband, very introverted and anti-social, her job as a Lab technician s ...more
Abu-jaber, Diane. (2007). Origin. New York: W.W. Norton
This novel is in the rarified category of “literary” crime novel, which means the characters are well-developed and the writing is above average (that’s the literary part) AND, it has a good, plausible crime story without too many loose ends (the crime genre part).
The main character and protagonist and first-person narrator is Lena, a thirty year-old fingerprint expert with the police crime lab in Syracuse, N.Y. She inves ...more
One thing I liked was the fact that the two lovers in her life were so different ...more
Lena is a foster child ...more
Finished audio book. The reader is very good. The book...so so. Starts out with great promise. Lena Dawson is a forensics expert in Syracuse, NY. When a bunch of SIDS cases start showing up in the lab, Lena fears there is a baby serial killer. Lena herself was reared by a foster family that never adopted her, although they consider her their daughter. Lena also remembers (and spends a LOT of time thinking about) her ap ...more