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Taken by Kathleen George
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Mar 13, 2012

it was amazing
Read in July, 2002

One day, Marina Benedict, an actress who is trying to come to terms with the dissolution of her marriage, goes to the Clark Building in downtown Pittsburgh to turn her jewelry, gifts from her husband, into cash to cover living expenses. There in the lobby she sees an adorable baby with his mother. She's aware of studying the baby, even flirting with him, because she longs for a child herself. A short time later, having finished her business in the jewelry shop upstairs, she catches a bus for home. She sees the same baby on the bus, this time with a man whom she is certain is not the child's father. The man has nothing else with him—no diaper bag, no stroller. When Marina tries to talk to him, he avoids her. In a single life-altering act, Marina gets off the bus one stop after the man does and she follows him and the baby to an abandoned house. All she can think of is that the baby is in danger and must be saved. Nobody knows where she is.

This is the first of a series of loosely connected mysteries set in Pittsburgh. Commander Richard Christie is a unifying presence throughout the series, but each focuses and is primarily told through the viewpoint of a different character.

Each of Kathleen George's novels can easily stand alone. You don't have to read them all, but you will want to. Her writing is taut, suspenseful, and filled with gritty details that put you on the inside of each scene, living the story from start to finish.
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