Steal Away

Steal Away

by Katharine Clark, Kate Flora

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Children’s book illustrator Rachel Stark is living every parent’s nightmare: her nine-year-old son, David, has been snatched off the street in broad daylight with no apparent motive, his red bicycle left lying on the side of the road. Now, already bearing the strain of a troubled marriage, Rachel must channel every ounce of strength into a desperate search for David.

Complicating everything are Rachel’s recently divorced sister, a bombshell who conceals explosive secrets; an icy, by-the-book detective, infuriating in his professional detachment; Rachel’s own lawyer husband, Stephen, who believes he can manage the situation through bullying and logic; and a deceptive “saint” from the Missing Child Foundation, who harbors his own hidden agenda.

Through it all there is David, crying out to be found. But are Rachel’s visions of her terrified child something real or the cruel trick of a mother’s heart consumed with love and fear?

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BN ID: 2940013575134
Publisher: Kate Flora
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 650,431
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Attorney Kate Flora’s eleven books include seven series mysteries, two gritty police procedurals, a suspense thriller, Steal Away (written as Katharine Clark,) and a true crime. Finding Amy was a 2007 Edgar nominee and has been filmed for TV. Her current projects include Death Dealer, a true crime involving a Canadian serial killer, a screenplay, and a novel in linked stories. Flora’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Sara Paretsky edited collection, Sisters on the Case. She spent seven years as editor and publisher at Level Best Books. Flora is former international president of Sisters in Crime, and a founding member of the New England Crime Bake conference. She teaches writing for Grub Street in Boston. Her third police procedural, Redemption, will be published in February.

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Steal Away 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another ridiculous "miracle mother saves child when stupid cops can't find him" book. Trite and unoriginal.
upstairsgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This might be the best of Kate Flora's books - she's always excellent at keeping you guessing, but here she's just superb, leaving key questions unanswered until the end, suggesting perfectly plausible answers that keep the reader from seeing the real culprit until the denouement. The characters - even the ones you just can't like - are all compelling, and there's exactly the right amount of crazy. This is Flora's only standalone novel, and the only one of her novels that's not a murder mystery. It's rather less gory and grisly than her other novels, but it's just as good if not better. She's an under-recognized and under-appreciated author of mystery fiction, but you should check her out if you have the chance.
RidgewayGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't love this story about a woman whose son is abducted. The writing is able enough, the plot moves along quickly, but the characters were badly drawn and unsympathetic. The main character, Rachel, is a frustrating choice for a protagonist. It's all about her. There is no topic that does not revolve around her and in her eyes life is so, so unfair, the people around her are all unfeeling creeps who do not feel things in the special, better way that she feels things. Rachel also loves playing the victim. In one scene, a cluster of people, including her husband, stand in the kitchen, discussing what to do next, and she sits at the counter and mournfully wonders why they don't include her. And I think, "because you can't be bothered to get up and walk six feet over to where the conversation is taking place, you big booby." Nothing can happen that doesn't hurt her more than anyone else. She focuses on how bad she feels that she has no time to ponder the fear and pain of her own son. Arghh.The other characters are lightly drawn, so that we are never given any insight into why they are behaving that way, the plot, which starts well, descends into implausibility. The book began well, and with a better plot and a more believable heroine, this book would be quite readable.