The Odds

Pittsburgh Police (Volume 4)

Kathleen George

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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The Homicide Department is upside down—Richard Christie is in the hospital, Artie Dolan is headed away on vacation, John Potocki’s life is falling apart, and Colleen Greer is so worried about her boss’s health, she can hardly think. A young boy in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood dies of a suspicious overdose. The Narcotics police are working on tips and they draft Colleen and Potocki to help them. In this same neighborhood, four young kids have been abandoned and are living on their own. The Philips kids, brainy in school, are reluctant to compromise themselves. But they need cash. Connecting these people and their stories is Nick Banks, just out of prison and working off a debt to an old acquaintance involved in the drug trade. Nick is a charmer, a gentle fellow who’s had a lot of trouble in his life. One day he gives free food to the Philips kids, little guessing how connected their lives are about to become.
 
Kathleen George’s latest work pushes the edge—a spectacularly original crime novel.

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Meg had been sleeping when something woke her, something slight as the scratch of a mouse. She came into the kitchen to find her stepmother standing at the stove, writing a note. It was the middle of the night, and there was only the stove light on. Meg wondered how Alison could write in the dark or why she wanted to. Slowly she took things in: Alison's shoulder bag was hanging on her shoulder; she was fully dressed; in her left hand under the purse, she dangled car keys. Meg thought, I shouldn't have said there wasn't enough money for the pizza.

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"George's fourth crime novel is a truly original tale featuring four amazing youngsters: they are resilient, resourceful, and responsible. This very modern police procedural will not be easily forgotten."--Library Journal


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Kathleen George

Kathleen George is a theater professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also earned a Ph.D. in theater and a subsequent M.F.A. in fiction. She is the author of three previous mysteries featuring Richard Christie. The Odds was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. She and her husband live in Pittsburgh on the city’s historic North Side.

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
June 2009
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ISBN: 9781429990226
ISBN10: 1429990228
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
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St. Martin's Press
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July 2011
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ISBN: 9780312573232
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5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
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