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The Replacement Child

A Mystery

Christine Barber

St. Martin's Griffin

Late one night, Capital Tribune editor Lucy Newroe receives a tip from Scanner Lady, an anonymous reader who frequently calls with police scanner tidbits. When Lucy checks out the tip, she discovers Scanner Lady has been killed. That same night, the body of a seventh-grade teacher, Melissa Baca, is found at the bottom of a local bridge. As Lucy and police detective Gil Montoya hunt down the culprits in each murder, they discover their cases are intertwined in the most intimate ways.Christine Barber, the first winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, received overwhelming praise for her remarkable debut, which was named a New York Times Notable Book. Rich with details of New Mexico and the people who live there, The Replacement Child is the perfect novel for anyone who has fallen in love with the Southwest, and marks the emergence of a promising new writer.

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CHAPTER ONE

Monday Night

Lucy Newroe hated the word supererogation. It was one of those ridiculous words you’d see in a Reader’s Digest Word Power quiz. Like quidnunc or sesquipedalian—words whose only purpose was to make the user look smart and the listener feel stupid.

Lucy had no clue what supererogation meant, and she didn’t know how to spell it. Obviously, neither did the reporter who had written the story she was editing—he had spelled it "superaregation." The spell check on Lucy’s computer wanted her to change it to "super are
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Praise for The Replacement Child

“Christine Barber is new to the Southwest in the sense that The Replacement Child is her first novel. But she has a great feel for the territory and for the family connections that enforce its strong community bonds.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Provides detours into the rich Hispanic traditions, the geography, the architecture, and vagaries of life in present-day Santa Fe… I think this pleasurable novel will endure as a far more insightful tour guide than any document printed for that purpose.” –Albuquerque Journal

“The author has a sharp eye for details about Santa Fe and northern New Mexico that longtime area residents often take for granted.” –The Santa Fe New Mexican

“[Barber] has put as many twists in the plot as there are in the mountain roads near Santa Fe, and you’ll be fooled again and again.” –Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Brings to vibrant life the community culture of Santa Fe.” –The New York Times Book Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Christine Barber

  • CHRISTINE BARBER is an award-winning journalist as well as a certified emergency-medical technician and firefighter. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is currently pursuing a career in medicine. She previously worked as an editor at The Santa Fe New Mexican and as a journalist for the Albuquerque Journal and Gallup Independent.

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    A Mystery

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