Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Pittsburgh Police (Volume 6)

Kathleen George

Minotaur Books




"If anyone's writing better police thrillers than George, I don't know who it is."

Entertainment Weekly

Nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel for The Odds, Kathleen George has received raves from all corners for her Pittsburgh-set police procedural series. Now, in Simple, series detective Colleen Greer is back in this stunning.

Cassie Price is thrilled when she's hired to work at one of Pittsburgh's most prestigious law firms. Young, pretty, and from a sheltered background, Cassie's new life as an adult now includes meeting rich and powerful people, and she may even be having a mysterious affair. But when her lifeless body is discovered, the police are stumped. Suspicion falls on a neighborhood handyman, but Detective Colleen Greer and her boss, Commander Richard Christie, are not sure. The detectives discover that what seem like the easiest cases are actually the most complicated.
With fantastic series characters and a compelling story, Kathleen George again proves herself to be a master of the police procedural in Simple.

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year



THEY ARE IN HIS OFFICE, the door locked. He has an eye on the clock because if she stays for a long time, people will talk.
She comes in farther, looking about again as if to memorize the furniture though this is not the first time...


Praise for Simple

“What most distinguishes this police procedural... is its fully realized cast of characters, a close-knit group of detectives who deal with shades of gray in crime-solving. George's deft prose, skillful plotting, and winning characters are reminiscent of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series, and her fiction is almost as praiseworthy.” —Booklist (starred)

“So richly observed, subtly characterized, precisely written—her syncopated paragraphs are a special delight—and successful in its avoidance of genre clichés that you’d swear you were reading the first police procedural ever written.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Hideout barrels like a locomotive. The fast-paced suspense pulls you along for the ride.” —Kathy Reichs on Hideout

“Stellar… Told in lean, efficient prose, this is a top-notch, emotionally satisfying police procedural.” —Publishers Weekly on Hideout

“Outstanding… Would appeal to Dennis Tafoya and Tana French readers.” —Library Journal on Hideout

“A winning combination of nuanced character study and expertly plotted, nitty-gritty police procedural.” —Booklist on Hideout

“George is, above all else, a master storyteller.” —Pittsburgh Magazine on The Odds

“A masterfully plotted crime novel.” —Pohla Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on The Odds

“I will read anything that Kathleen George writes.” —George P. Pelecanoson on Taken

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of SIMPLE . George's Pittsburgh cops (<em>Hideout<em>, 2011, etc.) investigate a robbery-murder that's a lot less routine and more sordid than it looks. - Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Kathleen George

KATHLEEN GEORGE is the author of The Odds, which was
nominated in 2010 for the Edgar for Best Novel. She is also the
editor of the short story collection Pittsburgh Noir. A professor
of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh, she and her husband
live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kathleen George



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