The Replacement Child

The Replacement Child

by Christine Barber
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The Replacement Child by Christine Barber

Late one night, Capital Tribune editor Lucy Newroe receives a tip from Scanner Lady, an anonymous reader who frequently calls with police scanner tidbits. When Lucy checks out the tip, she discovers Scanner Lady has been killed. That same night, the body of a seventh-grade teacher, Melissa Baca, is found at the bottom of a local bridge. As Lucy and police detective Gil Montoya hunt down the culprits in each murder, they discover their cases are intertwined in the most intimate ways.

Christine Barber, the first winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize, received overwhelming praise for her remarkable debut, which was named a New York Times Notable Book. Rich with details of New Mexico and the people who live there, The Replacement Child is the perfect novel for anyone who has fallen in love with the Southwest, and marks the emergence of a promising new writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312628161
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,250,670
Product dimensions: 8.28(w) x 5.68(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

CHRISTINE BARBER is an award-winning journalist as well as a certified emergency-medical technician and firefighter. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is currently pursuing a career in medicine. She previously worked as an editor at The Santa Fe New Mexican and as a journalist for the Albuquerque Journal and Gallup Independent.

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Maxibleu More than 1 year ago
Those who are enchanted with the Northern New Mexico / Santa Fe area will doubly enjoy this finely crafted mystery. Ms. Barber skillfully develops her characters amidst a backdrop of well known Santa Fe locations, so the reader is able to create in his/her mind a highly visual who, what, when and where. The plot unwinds purposefully page by page, and even the most prolific mystery solver is kept guessing until the very end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On her scanner, elderly Patsy ¿Scanner Lady¿ Burke overhears two state cops discuss the death of twenty-three years old Burroway Academy seventh grade teacher Melissa Baca who was thrown from the Taos Gorge Bridge. As she has done a zillion times before, Patsy calls the Santa Fe Capital Tribune but this time is stuck with a female, editor Lucy Newroe with the news. ----------- A volunteer EMT, Lucy and her medico partner Gil answer an emergency call by going to the home of an elderly woman where she finds Patsy strangled to death. She checks the police scanner log but finds no entry re the Baca death. Santa Fe police Detective Sergeant Gil Montoya investigates the Baca death finding discrepancies over alleged drug use. With Lucy badgering Gil, they team up seeking more than just the scanner link between the two homicides.------------ Readers will understand why THE REPLACEMENT CHILD won the annual Tony Hillerman Prize for best previously unpublished mystery set in the Southwest as the scanner murders are fun to follow and the Santa Fe setting makes an ideal backdrop. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the Scanner Lady calls Lucy and never slows down. Although the coincidence of Lucy answering the medical call is a minor quibble, fans will enjoy Christine Barber¿s first Santa Fe whodunit.----------- Harriet Klausner