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Posted October 18, 2000
leah stewart was an instructor at the sewanee young writer's conference this summer. she read aloud excerpts from this novel, which was in the process of being rushed to the sewanee bookstore in time for our conference. she read each piece with conviction and emotion. the entire camp listened intently as she delivered each new section of suspenseful prose. great job, leah. Y'ALL BUY THIS NOVEL!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Exciting, unique amateur sleuth tale
In Memphis, Olivia Dale does the cop beat. Although quite young for such an assignment and is not even aware of the names of the cops she reports on, Olivia normally arrives after the police and medical examiners have completed their efforts. This time she happened to hear the report of murder over the scanner and was close enough to beat most of the homicide cops to the scene. For the first time she sees the brutalized corpse lying in the park before the tape prohibits voyeurs and reporters (some might say that is the same). <P>The victim is Allison Avery, who haunts Olivia, as she seems so similar to herself down to her painted toenails at least to the reporter. An obsessed Olivia needs to know the truth because the similarities between them bedevil her and she could have been the person lying in the park. Olivia begins her own investigation into the life of Allison by flirting with the victim¿s brother and former boyfriend. Olivia digs deeper into a life that increasingly strikes home. <P>Though in some respects, BODY OF A GIRL is an amateur sleuth tale, the story line centers more on Olivia¿s state of mind. Olivia is a complex character whose actions obfuscate the barrier between reporting a story and becoming the story. The support cast, including the victim, exists for readers to dig deep inside the mind of the protagonisst. Purists who enjoy an amateur sleuth examining a murder will probably be a bit disappointed by this tale, but readers who relish a psychological portrait of an investigator who stepped over the line will devour Leah Stewart¿s debut novel. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.