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Sleight of Hand

A Jo Banks Mystery

Jo Banks Mysteries (Volume 3)

Robin Hathaway

Minotaur Books

Dr. Jo Banks is well settled in her rather unusual life as one of the few doctors in the New Jersey fields, her office in a motor inn run by a pair of friendly, elderly Jersey-ites.  But New York City is where she grew up, and there are times when she thinks back to those days with her father.  One day, as she is driving home from her rounds at the hospital in the nearby town, she hears a familiar sound coming from a barn.  It is the hum of an out-of-date printing press, a brand her father used. On an impulse, Jo leaves her motorcycle in the road and walks down to the barn housing the machine.

But the printer is hardly welcoming. While she is trying to talk to him, he catches his hand in the press, and Jo bursts into action.  Although she removes the screws from the roller that is clamping the man’s fingers and offers to drive him to the hospital, he refuses to go and insists she treat him in his home.

The strange episode leads to Jo’s calling daily to attend to the man’s injury.  She learns that he’s living with his daughter—a grown woman who possesses the mind of a child—that they are from New York, and that his wife has mysteriously disappeared.  The printer is roughly grateful for Jo’s care, but he has much on his mind, and he will not leave his house. Jo begins to suspect he is connected to a recent local murder. 

Robin Hathaway rewards her readers with another rich story of the lives of people who live and work in the New Jersey farmland.  Sleight of Hand is a worthy addition to this finely crafted series.


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SLEIGHT OF HAND
CHAPTER 1It was a beautiful October morning and I was heading for the hospital on my motorcycle to make my early rounds. The road stretched out in front of me, smooth and empty, begging me to turn up the throttle. The speedometer had barely touched seventy when I noticed that the sweep of road ahead, usually deserted, was clogged. I decelerated back to forty.State police cars lined both sides of the road and troopers milled around, crossing and recrossing. A small cluster of spectators ogled something by the side of the road.A deer was my first thought. But why would a deer attract
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  • Robin Hathaway

  • Robin Hathaway (1934-2013) won the SMP/Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel in 1997 and the 1998 Agatha Award for Best First Novel for her book The Doctor Digs a Grave, the first book in the Dr. Fenimore series. She lived in New York City and Philadelphia.

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Sleight of Hand

A Jo Banks Mystery

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Robin Hathaway

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