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Afterimage    by Kathleen George order for
by Kathleen George
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Minotaur, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

What can you say about Pittsburgh homicide detective Colleen Greer? She has worked hard. She is pretty. She takes care of herself. And with homicide detective Richard Christie as her mentor, Colleen is making good progress on the job and establishing a good reputation for herself in one of western Pennsylvania's toughest police jurisdictions.

Now, however, she is called upon to assist Christie with two new cases, and everything is about to get very complicated for Colleen. First, a woman named Laura McCall is murdered. By coincidence, when she was working as a counselor before her tenure at the police department, Colleen had worked for the murdered woman's estranged husband at the Family Counseling Center. Then, a young girl named Jamilla Washington is found dead in a Pittsburgh park. By coincidence, or so it would seem, the murdered Jamilla also had connections to the Family Counseling Center.

As Colleen begins to collect evidence in the cases - and as she begins to realize that there are no real coincidences involved - she is forced to confront what may be memories (or perhaps 'horrible secrets') from her past, (or perhaps they are merely illusions - images - that her mind has created). Fighting against ever-mounting distractions and dangers, Colleen focuses on the tell-tale signs and finds herself involved in a pulse-pounding race to singular justice.

Dark and gripping, Colleen Greer's progress in this top-notch police procedural is further enhanced by the author's deftly deployed humor and irony. Written with a noteworthy flair for plotting and a sharp eye for psychological details in her characters, author Kathleen George's Afterimage is a well-crafted and entertaining novel.

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