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A Novel

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Lena is a fingerprint expert at a crime lab in the small city of Syracuse, New York, where winters are cold and deep. Suddenly, a series of crib deaths--indistinguishable from SIDS except for the fevered testimony of one distraught mother with connections in high places--draws the attention of the police and the national media and raises the possibility of the inconceivable: could there be a serial infant murderer on the loose?Orphaned as a child, out of place as an adult, gifted with delicate and terrifying powers of intuition, Lena finds herself playing a critical role in the case. But then there is the mystery of her own childhood to solve....Could the improbable deaths of a half-dozen babies be somehow connected to her own improbable survival?The beauty and originality of Diana Abu-Jaber's writing are here accompanied by deft, page-turning narrative tension and atmosphere, tugging the reader to an unforgettable conclusion.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2007
ISBN: 9780393064551
Branch Call Number: ABUJA
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 25 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

The protagonist in this investigative thriller - by one of my favourite authors- isn't an elegant forensics expert or an irascible near-retirement cop. She's a lonely, oddball fingerprint technician named Lena Dawson. There's a serial killer on the loose, but this one is killing babies.

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