When an injured woman claims that a carjacker has kidnapped her son, a shrewd police officer and an ambitious young reporter smell a hoax - could the woman have murdered her own child?
The story develops in a very satsifying way and the pace of disclosure is confident, controlled and sensitively handled. The book is highly evocative, and grittily authentic, and Price consistently manages to avoid the lazy cartoonish descriptive shorthand that so many other 'page-turners' indulge in. Characters and situations are described so that you can alomst smell them.
I also really enjoyed the way in which the book had a conscience, and the way in which Price subtly lets his sympathies with the plight of Urban Americans, both Black and White, shine through.
But I would hate for anyone to think that the book is not also just an excellent read, plain and simple. It's sincere, but not 'worthy' and lovers of dense plot will be more than satisfied. Thoroughly recommended.
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