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In this book, the 4-month-old son of a Pittsburgh Pirates rookie pitcher is kidnapped in broad daylight from a discount store, seemingly without a trace, as far as authorities can detect.

I read a later installment of this series quite a while back, having borrowed it from the library not knowing it was part of a series. I'm still not quite sure how this book fits with that one, as recall it. Anyway, this series is set in Pittsburgh and its environs -- the author is professor at Pitt -- so that appealed to me. It wasn't a bad mystery. At first, I thought it was going in a direction I'd absolutely hate, but that got turned around. One of the main characters was detective Richard Christie, but this book was as much about the woman Marina (who winds up in the middle of the kidnapping) as about Christie.

Marina is the classic "what was she thinking?" character who keeps doing dumb things, trying to help, that can't help but get her into trouble. But, somehow, you can sort of understand her . . . sort of. I don't know what to make of the Christie character. He's a good cop, workaholic, who has a messed-up marriage which is about to get worse. This book is full of complex and dysfunctional human relationships -- some rendered astutely, some seeming a bit shallow.

This was George's debut novel, and for a first effort it's pretty decent. I'll probably continue the series, though the setting is part of why I will.

My one big complaint (and maybe it's a petty one) is her use of the word autism. She flippantly uses it to refer to when the kids are zoned out on music with their headphones on. That's not autism, and I find it offensive that she'd use such an emotionally-charged word in such an inappropriate way. ( )
  tymfos | May 13, 2014 |
kidnapped baby, lady follows the kidnapper
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  gailwilliams | Mar 22, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440236614, Mass Market Paperback)

The child was taken in broad daylight, on a warm June morning, in a crowded shopping area in downtown Pittsburgh.

Marina Benedict first saw the baby with his mother. Then, just minutes later, she saw him again, in the arms of a man she was certain was not the child’s father. In a single life-altering act, Marina followed them. What happens next will plunge her into a mystery that is both heartbreaking and chilling. Within hours of the abduction, the city is galvanized by the story: a child, the son of a pitcher for the Pirates, is missing. And soon a community begins to unravel...Detective Richard Christie struggles with his own demons as he tries to solve a baffling mystery. And Marina Benedict, pulled from the safety of her ordinary life by a brutal crime, is at the center of the story. Because once, Marina tried to save a life and it changed her forever. Now she will risk her life again--for a child who is still out there somewhere, still in need of saving.

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A baby is taken in broad daylight in a crowded Pittsburgh shopping area. Marina Benedict first sees the baby boy with his mother. Just minutes later, she sees him again--in the arms of a man she is certain is not the boy's father. In an instant, Marina is following the man and finds herself plunged into a mystery that is both heartbreaking and chilling. (July).… (more)

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