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An unusual, hauntingly atmospheric crime novel from a stunning new talent.

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Amy MacKinnon, a former congressional aide, is a freelance writer whose commentaries have appeared in the Seattle Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herlad, Patriot Ledger and on National Public Radio and This American Life. She lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts with her husband and their three young children.


In MacKinnon's first novel, undertaker Clara Marsh finds herself thrust into the murder investigation of an unidentified seven-year-old girl when she discovers a shocking connection between that girl and another who's been visiting the funeral home where Clara works. The descriptive prose creates a hypnotic atmosphere, but the story starts off slowly and seemingly all over the place. Narrator Rebecca Lowman ( effectively nails the gloomy plotline with her trancelike delivery; her voice characterizations of the women and men, too, are excellent. At nine-and-a-half hours, this will either wrap listeners up in Clara's world or exasperate them with the languid pace. Recommended for public libraries. [Audio clips available through and; the Shaye Areheart hc, published in August, was a Borders Books Original Voice Selection.--Ed.]--Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

MacKinnon is masterful at ratcheting up the tension...Pungent descriptions, senstive psychological insights and taut plotting make this an accomplished debut: a literary suspense story that's mournful and dark. - DAILY MAIL

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