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A Measure of Blood: A Richard Christie Novel
     

A Measure of Blood: A Richard Christie Novel

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by Kathleen George
 

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

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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.”
 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
A tragic murder case preoccupies Richard Christie in George’s so-so seventh novel starring the Pittsburgh, Pa., homicide cop (after 2012’s Simple). Someone stabbed Maggie Brown to death, leaving her seven-year-old son, Matthew, to discover her corpse. The boy reported seeing a man arguing with his mother in their apartment—someone whom he’d seen once before, and who said he was Matthew’s father. With no relatives to claim Matthew, Christie decides to intervene to arrange for him to live with foster parents who are friends of the detective and who have been desperately hoping for a child. With the killer’s identity revealed early on, the narrative shifts from the police investigation to his efforts to both evade detection and connect with the boy he believes to be his son. Readers should be prepared for minimal complexity and an unremarkable plot. Agent: Otto Penzler. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“If anyone’s writing better police thrillers than George, I don’t know who it is.” — Entertainment Weekly

“A truly original tale . . . This very modern police procedural will not be easily forgotten.” — Library Journal  on  The Odds

“A gripping, gritty police procedural.” — Library Journal  on  Afterimage

“The story moves along rapidly; and while the child-in-jeopardy premise is a familiar one, the suspense keeps building as the fate of the boy hangs in the balance. Should appeal to fans of Mary Higgins Clark.” — Booklist

“The plot is compelling and the characters well drawn. . . .  A Measure of Blood  is an enjoyable police ride-along, with plenty of hometown flavor and characters worthy of investment.” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480445604
Publisher:
Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Series:
Pittsburgh Police Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet 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.  

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A Measure of Blood: A Richard Christie Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
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!!!