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Afterimage

Afterimage

Pittsburgh Police (Volume 3)

Kathleen George

Minotaur Books

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In the humid dog days of a Pittsburgh summer weekend, Richard Christie, Head of Homicide, faces not one, but two mysterious murders. The victims---a polite woman and an angelic child---do not seem to be connected in any obvious way. Christie is short-handed, the clues don't stack up, and he's got a rookie detective, Colleen Greer, to look out for. These are his problems.

Colleen has problems, too. Her boyfriend is trying to break up with her, she's got a serious crush on her mentor, Christie, and it turns out she knew both victims slightly. Early in the investigation, she gets an alarming idea about the perpetrator's identity, but the man she suspects has no obvious connection to the victims. She has to move carefully with nothing but a gut feeling to go on---all the while disturbed by a series of memories of her own childhood.

Kathleen George's novels have been praised for their subtle rendering of character and relationships---whether those relationships are among detectives or in the families of criminals. Boldly and elegantly written, Afterimage is a startling thriller.

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Praise for Afterimage

"The skillfully rendered characters draw you into their lives. An excellent procedural." - Kirkus Reviews

"George showcases her ability to craft a good mystery with an in-depth understanding of police work and attention to detail." - Library Journal

"Solid... George leaves enough balls in the air that fans will eagerly await Christie and Greer's next case." - Publishers Weekly

"Sizzles with irony, tension, and surprise.... Nearly flawless in its plot and execution." - Mystery News

"The shifting perspective, which flits among the detectives and their families and Greer’s boyfriend as well as one of the victims and the prime suspect...keeps things moving along briskly." - Pittsburgh Magazine

"Local settings and restaurants - from Alexander’s for dinner to Lindo’s for breakfast - are woven throughout her latest. Showing characters as they meet and what they eat and drink is the kind of detail that makes them more three-dimensional, like people you know." - Pittsburg Post-Gazette

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About the author

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 two previous mysteries featuring Richard Christie. She and her husband live in Pittsburgh on the city's historic North Side.

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