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Elisabeth Hyde has taken a powerful moral predicament and constructed around it a richly layered, compulsively readable novel about a murder in a small Colorado town, about the choices we make and the way their unintended consequences ripple through our lives.

Two weeks before Christmas, Diana Duprey, an outspoken abortion doctor, is found floating in her pool, a bruise the size of a golf ball visible through her dark curls. A national figure, Diana inspired passion and ignited tempers, never more so than on the day of her death.

Her husband, Frank, an attorney in the D.A.'s office for more than twenty years, had fought bitterly with her on the day of her murder. Yet to reveal the nature of their fight would cost him not only his career but something greater still — a relationship he will go to any lengths to protect. Diana's daughter, Megan, a college freshman, had also quarreled with Diana that day, and her role in her mother's murder will prove more significant than she ever could have anticipated. The Reverend Stephen O'Connell, founder of the town's pro-life coalition, obviously had issues with Diana, but his anger extended beyond the political to the personal — namely, Dr. Duprey's involvement with his own troubled teenager. Meanwhile, the detective on the case grapples to make sense of it all. His investigation implicates many in this town and reveals a series of gross miscalculations, each one challenging what we know, or think we know, about community, fidelity, justice, and love.

A riveting and provocative page-turner: a novel of stunning economy and momentum by a writer poised for wide discovery.

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"This is an exceptionally well-written book that pulls the reader nicely along right up until the surprise ending. Recommended." Library Journal

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"Sensational, like the book's title, but not quite on target." Kirkus Reviews

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"Hyde tells a good story....But these characters...are less sympathetic, and the magnitude of plot elements overwhelms; less resonant than Hyde's previous work." Booklist

About the Author

Elisabeth Hyde is the author of three previous novels, including Crazy as Chocolate. Born and raised in New Hampshire, she has since lived in Vermont, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Seattle. In 1979 she received her law degree and practiced briefly with the U.S. Department of Justice. She has taught creative writing in the public schools as well as through Naropa University. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Colorado, where she is at work on her fifth novel.

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katknit, March 2, 2009 (view all comments by katknit)
Abortion. Pornography. Malfeasance in the justice system. Illegal/legal drug abuse. Stalkers. It's all in The Abortionist's Daughter. Title notwithstanding, this crime novel has no primary protagonist. From chapter to chapter, the spotlight focuses upon several different characters - the daughter, two detectives, victim's husband, ex boyfriend, the victim herself, antiabortion activist -, throwing light upon their personal points of view with respect to the murder, and with respect to their relationships with the others who are enmeshed in the case. As in real life, each has his/her own virtues and faults, and some are likable while others are not. In some ways this book is reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's. Author Hyde has an intelligent writing style, a layman's understanding of psychology, and a talent for infusing her characters with authenticity. While it becomes evident early on who the culprit is, motive and method do not. The Abortionist's Daughter has the makings of a made-for-TV movie, with lots of drama and juicy plum roles.
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Sharon Wilson, October 10, 2008 (view all comments by Sharon Wilson)
If I were to use 1 word to describe this book it would be: FANTASTIC.
I read this book in a day and a half and could barely tear myself away from it the 1st night I started reading it. The only reason I was able to stop reading was because I was so dead tired I could barely keep my eyes open.
Well developed characters and a great story line.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307263667
Author:
Hyde, Elisabeth
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Publication Date:
June 20, 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.50x6.56x1.09 in. 1.34 lbs.

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"Review" by , "This is an exceptionally well-written book that pulls the reader nicely along right up until the surprise ending. Recommended."
"Review" by , "Sensational, like the book's title, but not quite on target."
"Review" by , "Hyde tells a good story....But these characters...are less sympathetic, and the magnitude of plot elements overwhelms; less resonant than Hyde's previous work."
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