A Measure of Blood
Overview - A murder sends a child into foster care and drags a detective into a feverish hunt for justice Nadal watches for weeks before he first approaches the boy. No matter what Maggie Brown says, he's sure Matt is his son, and a boy should know his father. After their first confrontation, Maggie should have run. Read more...
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A murder sends a child into foster care and drags a detective into a feverish hunt for justice Nadal watches for weeks before he first approaches the boy. No matter what Maggie Brown says, he's sure Matt is his son, and a boy should know his father. After their first confrontation, Maggie should have run. She should have hidden her child. But she underestimated the man who was once her lover. With self-righteous determination, Nadal goes to her house. He demands to spend time with the boy. When she refuses, he reaches for a knife. By the time homicide detective Richard Christie arrives on the scene, all that remains of Maggie Brown is a bloodstain on the floor. The killer has vanished, and Matt is too scared to remember anything but his mother's fear. As Christie looks for the killer and Maggie's friends fight to keep Matt out of the hands of Child Services, Nadal watches the news and waits. A boy should be with his father. He's going to get his son. "If anyone's writing better police thrillers than George, I don't know who it is." -Entertainment Weekly "A truly original tale . . . This very modern police procedural will not be easily forgotten." -Library Journal on The Odds "A gripping, gritty police procedural." -Library Journal on Afterimage Kathleen George is an author of thrillers and a professor of theatre. Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, she completed a doctorate of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh, where she has taught for many years. In 1999, she published The Man in the Buick, a collection of short stories that she followed up with Taken (2001), a well-received thriller about a child's disappearance. She continued writing police procedurals starring Pittsburgh homicide detective Richard Christie, including Fallen (2004), Afterimage (2007), and Hideout (2011). In 2009, she published The Odds, a thriller about the drug trade in Pittsburgh, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. Besides writing thrillers, George is the editor of Pittsburgh Noir (2011), an anthology of crime stories set in the Steel City, and several books about theatre, including Rhythm in Drama (1980), Playwriting: The First Workshop (1994), and Winter's Tales (2005). She is married to writer Hilary Masters.
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A tragic murder case preoccupies Richard Christie in George’s so-so seventh novel starring the Pittsburgh, Pa., homicide cop (after 2012’s Simple). Someone stabbed Maggie Brown to death, leaving her seven-year-old son, Matthew, to discover her corpse. The boy reported seeing a man arguing with his mother in their apartment—someone whom he’d seen once before, and who said he was Matthew’s father. With no relatives to claim Matthew, Christie decides to intervene to arrange for him to live with foster parents who are friends of the detective and who have been desperately hoping for a child. With the killer’s identity revealed early on, the narrative shifts from the police investigation to his efforts to both evade detection and connect with the boy he believes to be his son. Readers should be prepared for minimal complexity and an unremarkable plot. Agent: Otto Penzler. (Jan.)