A Cry in the City

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Mary Christopher, a young widow, is suspected of killing her two children and the police see her numbed composure as an indication of guilt. Her wealthy in-laws have rejected her and she turns to a neighbour's nephew, himself a policeman, to help her find the real author of her tragedy.

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This tightly knit mystery thriller weaves purposefully between Greenwich Village and the small New York town of Burgoyne. When Mary Christopher, a strikingly attractive 36-year-old widow, leaves her husband's family home upstate for her city apartment, she believes her children are in the capable care of her mother-in-law, Alice. The latter, not finding the children at home, believes they are with Mary. When the bodies of the youngsters are discovered a few weeks later, suspicion falls on their distraught and inconsolable mother. The inbred community of Burgoyne, headed by social leader Boy Burgoyne, closes ranks against Mary, whom they regard as an interloper. Worse, Alice has suffered a stroke and is in the care of Boy and his sinister sister. Shrewd, persistent detective Danny Valenti is determined to prove Mary's innocence and receives aid from an astonishing source. Winslow's ( Judgement Day ) suspenseful story is animated by a cast of vivid characters.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Widowed mother of two Mary Christopher leaves the kids with her beloved mother-in-law in upstate New York, but a call the next morning informs her the kids are missing. They turn up dead, the family turns hateful, and the police turn on Mary, who just vegetates until a neighbor lady and her detective nephew take pity on her. All of this consumes an inordinate amount of time; there's lots of awkward blather and peripatetic prose. In addition, Winslow unconvincingly describes emotions rather than allowing her characters to act them out. She then plunks down a pat, fairy tale ending in just a few pages. Very weak.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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