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The Happy Pigs

The Happy Pigs

A Novel

Lucy Harkness

Minotaur Books

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Six years into her stint with the London police force, Louisa Barratt is burned out. Because she is a woman in a largely male profession, Louisa has been relegated to the Child Protection Unit, where her primary task seems to be baby-sitting a fragile young abuse victim who clings to Louisa like a mother. Trouble is, she's suffering from a bad case of compassion fatigue, and with nothing to look forward to each day but her depressing caseload and nonexistent social life, just getting up in the morning is threatening to become more than she can manage.

She wants out, but the young rape victim she spends her days counseling has no one else to turn to. When Louisa herself is viciously attacked in the street by a would-be rapist, she fights hard, determined not to become another victim. Unfortunately, the consequences of these fleeting moments of life-and-death struggle are more grave than she can possibly imagine, and before she knows it her entire life is thrown into the depths of a turmoil the likes of which she has never seen.

Written with passion and dynamic energy, The Happy Pigs by Lucy Harkness is at once a unique portrayal of police life from a truly fascinating perspective and an outstanding new novel about a smart young woman trying to keep her sanity and sense of humor in a world that's crumbling around her.

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Praise for The Happy Pigs

"Written by a thirty-something London policewoman, this hard-hitting first novel is a sort of copper's version of Bridget Jones' Diary, albeit with a more serious theme. Cleverly written and sharply witty." - Booklist

"Not so much mystery as recovered fictional memory, gamine reminiscence, no-love-lost letter to the world: a sordid, affecting, highly original debut." - Kirkus Reviews

"Herself a former police officer, Harkness offers a fresh look at what it means to be a female officer in a large metropolitan area." - Library Journal

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About the author

Lucy Harkness

Lucy Harkness is a former police officer. She lives in London, where she is studying to become a lawyer. The Happy Pigs is her first novel.

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