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Sympathy Between Humans (Sarah Pribek #2)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  298 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
On the streets of Minneapolis, Sarah has worked everything from vice to missing persons. But six months after the death of a small-town criminal in rural Minnesota, Sarah is still protecting the identity of a killer. And now a zealous D.A.'s investigator has come to town, determined to make an arrest. With her ex-partner half a world away and her husband in prison, only Sa ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published 2006 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published March 1st 2005)
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Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Jodi Compton has toned up her plotting skills in Sympathy Between Humans, the sequel to her debut novel, The 37th Hour. In 37th, protagonist Detective Sarah Pribeck embarked on a search for her missing husband, only two months after their marriage. It becomes evident that his disappearance is connected to the murder of her partner's daughter. Although the murderer got off on a technicality, his later death in an arson fire remains an open case. As Sympathy Between Humans opens, her husband has b ...more
Marilyn F
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this in general to be the best kind of mystery, a story with a mystery in it rather than just a mystery story (though I thought she killed off too many people toward then end :-) )
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the narrative was a bit long and involved.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sympathy Between Humans was a good title for this book. One of the things I appreciated is that it can be read without having read the first book. There are hints about what has happened in the past without spending half the book retelling you all the details of Sarah's life.

I liked Sympathy Between Humans much better than 37th hour. Even though Sarah continues to wade into some unethical behavior for someone who is expected to uphold the law, she doesn't stoop to vigilantism. The reader can und
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although I read the first book of this series only 18 months ago, I only remembered the rough storyline. But not exactly why Sarah and her husband fell out. It's not explained in this book either, and it's not necessarily important for the story, I was just curious.
Anyway, here Sarah is confronted with actually 3 cases at one:
1. the investigation of her own role in the death of Shorty (which took place in the first book)
2. finding Aidan Hennessy (a 17 year old runaway)
3. stopping a doctor from p
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sympathy Between Humans, Jodi Compton's second novel with main character, Hennepin County Sheriff's Detective Sarah Pribek, is a stunning and powerful story. I didn't imagine that Compton could deliver as edgy and intense a book to match the first, The 37th Hour, but I was wrong - Sympathy Between Humans does it again.
Sarah is unequaled in her zeal to do her job and is a loner who lives under the shadow of her husband's actions and her own, striving to survive the upheaval of having both her pa
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Compton's second police procedural reintroduces the emotionally unstable Sarah Pribek and advances the storyline from The 37th Hour. Once again, Compton delivers a compelling plot and fully-realized characters with convincing problems of the mind and heart__as one character notes, "the mathematics of the human psyche." Disarmingly complex, the novel asks tough questions about law and morality; Sarah, for better or for worse, takes matters into her own hands when the law does not deliver justice.

Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, police
A great follow-up to "The 37th Hour". Detective Sarah Pribek is being investigated for murder - many law enforcement officials believe she's guilty - one in particular is determined to bring her to justice and others are pleased she took that scumbag out and got away with it. A young woman comes into the sheriff's department wanting help in finding her missing twin brother; as the family is temporarily without a parent, Sarah gets assigned to supervise them. She's also sent out to hunt down a ma ...more
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime, reread, read_2011
‘Sympathy Among Humans’ focuses around local cop Sara and her four investigations; runaway teen, illegal practicing doctor, liquor store holdups, and the murder of Shorty (bad guy from the first book). All added a little something to Sara’s character development with the doctor investigation proving particularly entertaining – each of these combined to maintain a solid pacing and easy to follow plot. I can’t help but think would’ve liked this book even more if I’d read the first in the series. W ...more
Yvonne Mendez
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much, it was a great sequel to 37th Hour and I'm hoping for a third book in the series since I can't believe Sara's and Shiloh's marriage is over, though I'm very glad she was able to keep herself out of jail.

It was interesting to see how, in the middle of all her personal problems, Sara Pribek is still able to concentrate on solving a case that involves a strange family.

The mystery is very good as is the storytelling, I look forward in reading more from Jodi Compton
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Jodi Compton, like Hailey Cain, is "Californian in a way a lot of people are Californian; I was born someplace else." Jodi has lived in California since the age of one, except for a brief stint in Minneapolis. In addition to the two Hailey Cain novels, Jodi is the author of two novels about Minneapolis detective Sarah Pribek, The 37th Hour and Sympathy Between Humans. She currently lives outside S ...more
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