A killer puts a child in danger and sends a police detective on a hunt for justice in a novel that will “appeal to fans of Mary Higgins Clark” ( Booklist ). 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. From the Edgar Award–nominated author of Simple and Hideout , this suspenseful tale with “plenty of hometown flavor and characters worthy of investment” is a gritty tale of crime and justice ( Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ). Entertainment Weekly raves, “If anyone’s writing better police thrillers than George, I don’t know who it is,” while George Pelecanos says, “I look forward to reading anything Kathleen George writes.”
About the Author
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.
· Readers of Lynda La Plante, Laura Lippman, Kate Atkinson, George Pelecanos, and Richard Price
· Natives, residents, and admirers of “America’s most livable city”—Pittsburgh
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite A Measure of Blood by Kathleen George is a beautifully conceptualized and masterfully developed novel about unusual circumstances and things gone terribly wrong. Nadal Brown wants to be included in the life of a seven-year-old boy he believes to be his son. Maggie Brown is the boy's mother and she contends Nadal is not the father. When the boy, Matt, finds his mother murdered, there is no one to care for Matt and Nadal figures he would be the logical choice. So, in desperation, he kidnaps Matt from a foster placement and begins a program that is intended to help Matt accept his father, despite the confusion. But little Matt Brown is not your ordinary seven-year-old. He is a socially precocious child who looks for clues to substantiate fatherhood claims as well as clues to rule out Nadal's claim to him. George's plot development is nothing short of brilliant! She takes the reader through the logical investigation by police, all of whom have their own special issues yet remain dedicated to the safe return of Matthew Brown. We have loving foster parents who truly want to adopt the child without a family and we have the warped psychological make-up of Nadal Brown who has proceeded with reckless abandon on a faulty premise. I loved the character of the child who, while demonstrating resourcefulness and a proclivity toward self-survival, remained a scared seven-year-old boy throughout his ordeal. The police officers were marvelous in putting aside their personal issues for the sake of the child. And the foster parents; you want a happy ending for them as well, even though you understand the right thing must be done. Pick up A Measure of Blood and study the characters. Finally, someone does the right thing.
"Can't Put Down" good. I can't get enough Kathleen George. She writes the best stories.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A detective gets attached to a case where a little boy is left orphaned and witnesses the person who kills his mom. He is determined to find the killer and make sure this child ends up in a great home. Although you know who the killer is from the beginning and are reading his every move, this book was still interesting as you had no clue when he would be entering the scene and creating havoc! I read this book in two sittings, it kept me guessing from beginning to end! As any who dun it does, this book took some fantastic turns and when to a place that I couldn't predict and loved it!
Matt is a young boy who has seen what no child should ever have to see, the death of his mother by murder. He’s now obsessed with who killed her and who is his father. There are no other living relatives and so it’s a toss of the dice whether Matt will be taken into the custody of Child Protective Services or whether a nearby couple, who have long yearned for an adopted child, will temporarily take Matt in as a foster child. Richard Christie’s heart is tied up in this case as he searches for the murderer, tries to do the best for Matt, and remembers the fact that he has no idea where his own father is. Matt has a great memory and little by little remembers the conversation or argument between the man who was with his mother right before she died and the type of car that the man was leaning on. He’s very much into computers and video games, and they are his sole consolation for a while at least. But then Matt overhears other conversations and learns that the police know who his real father is, and he wonders why his father wouldn’t want to know or be connected with him. It’s almost too much to handle! His search becomes an obsession! Meanwhile, another man believes Matt is his son and gradually also becomes obsessed with getting to know him and have a father-son relationship. To say more would be to spoil the plot replete with multiple twists and turns. The reader knows who each character really is but in no way can predict what will happen as two men vie for possession of Matt as a son, a couple gets to be loving parents, and some relationships become confused and then clarified among the detectives trying to solve this crime and another crime to follow. Kathleen George has crafted a heart-rending mystery or crime story that has the reader rooting for Matt and some other characters at every turn of the pages. There’s no repetition in this novel which so often spoils a good story and the characters are unusually engaged in the outcome for this grieving, confused child! While there are some background pieces told throughout the tale, there’s no overdose of psychology or psychiatry which adds even more to the credibility of the guy who has caused all this mayhem. Finely done, Kathleen George!!!