Confession (Jenny Cain Series #9)

Confession (Jenny Cain Series #9)

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by Nancy Pickard
     
 

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Jenny Cain would never forget the hot Massachusetts summer day fate knocked at her door. Fate was a teenaged boy with rumpled clothes, a motorcycle, and a shocking but credible story: Jenny's husband, Geof, was his biological father. The boy, David Mayer, wasn't looking for an emotional reunion, but he did have an agenda. His parents -- and he was quick to make

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Jenny Cain would never forget the hot Massachusetts summer day fate knocked at her door. Fate was a teenaged boy with rumpled clothes, a motorcycle, and a shocking but credible story: Jenny's husband, Geof, was his biological father. The boy, David Mayer, wasn't looking for an emotional reunion, but he did have an agenda. His parents -- and he was quick to make the point that Geof was nothing to him -- died earlier in the year, a murder/suicide according to the police. The cops were wrong, David said, and Geof was a cop, and he owed it to David to prove that Ron Mayer did not kill his invalid wife and then himself.

As David lured Jenny and Geof to carefully placed clues, including two bizarre videotaped confessions of "sin," another murder was committed. And Jenny knew that no matter what the truth was about David Mayer's parents, her own life and marriage would be altered forever....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Beginning with a nasty shock and ending with a nastier one, the ninth Jenny Cain mystery (after But I Wouldn't Want to Die There ) sets the plucky amateur sleuth from Port Frederick, Mass., on a complex, somewhat contrived, emotionally demanding course. One steaming August day, Jenny, recently resigned as director of a foundation, and her police lieutenant husband, Geof Bushfield, are visited at home by angry 17-year-old David Mayer, who announces that he is Geof's illegitimate son by Judy Mayer, a high school classmate of Geof's. The winter before, Judy, an invalid, had been killed by her husband Ron, who then committed suicide. David, foul-mouthed and hateful, demands that Geof reopen the case and prove the deaths were murders. Confessing to having had a one-night stand with Judy during high school, Geof readily, almost eagerly, accepts David's story; Jenny, however, is upset and skeptical. As the two of them investigate, dead animals appear around their house, and Dennis Clemmons, an ex-husband of Judy's, dies in suspicious circumstances. Judy proves to have been an expert, inveterate liar. The tension increases as videotapes--of Judy and Clemmons confessing to sins--lead Geof to a farm, a cult of flagellants and painful danger before the questions of young David's paternity--and Jenny's ambivalent responses--are finally put to rest. Author tour; Mystery Guild selection. (July)
Library Journal
The Agatha Award-winning author of Bum Steer and I.O.U. takes her turn at twisting a half-familiar plot line: a boy claiming to be the biological son of Massachusetts policeman Geof Bushfield turns up on his doorstep, asking that Bushfield investigate the murder/suicide of his parents.
Emily Melton
Pickard just gets better and better. Her heroine, Jenny Cain, gains wisdom, depth, and strength of character, and Pickard's plots, never run-of-the-mill to begin with, are increasingly insightful, thoughtful, and provocative. It's no surprise, then, that Pickard's latest is her best yet. The story begins with a shocking discovery: Jenny's cop husband, Geof, is a father, thanks to a nearly forgotten one-night stand years ago that produced, unbeknownst to Geof, a now-teenage son named David. Geof is stunned, and Jenny is nearly apoplectic at the discovery. But a simple paternity case this ain't. David demands that Geof find out who killed his mom and the man he thought was his dad, even though their tragic deaths have been declared an open-and-shut murder/suicide. Neither Geof nor Jenny suspects that solving the case will mean not only facing a cult of religious fanatics who espouse a horrifying system of punishment and retribution, but also confronting a host of terrible secrets hidden in David's past. Fortunately, Geof and Jenny have a strong sense of humor, a sturdy marriage, plenty of common sense, and enough love to get them through one of the toughest tests they've faced together. Fine reading from an outstanding mystery writer.
From the Publisher
Charles Champlin Los Angeles Times Book Review Nancy Pickard pushes at the presumed limits of [crime fiction]....The truth is sad, complicated and surprising, and Pickard offers fine insight to character and relationships.

Judith Kreiner Washington Times Fans of Nancy Pickard and her Jenny Cain character have reason to rejoice....Confession is her best effort to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451602883
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
06/15/2010
Series:
Jenny Cain Series , #9
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
241,487
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Nancy Pickard has won numerous mystery awards for her short stories and novels, including an Anthony Award for Say No to Murder, a Macavity Award for Marriage Is Murder, and two Agatha Awards for Best Novel, for Bum Steer in 1990 and I.O.U in 1991. She was also nominated for an Edgar Award for I.O.U. A former reporter and editor, she is a past president of Sisters in Crime, the international association of mystery writers and fans. She lives in Kansas, where she is working on a new mystery to be published by Pocket Books.

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