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False Conception: A John Marshall Tanner Novel

Greenleaf, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 1883402875 / ISBN 13: 9781883402877
Published by Otto Penzler Books, New York, 1994
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1994,1994 Near Fine Book, Near Fine unclipped jacket, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 273 clean tight unmarked pages, book has grey boards with 1/4 grey cloth covered spine, pink embossed lettering on the spine, jacket has a full jacket color illustration. Bookseller Inventory # 005175

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Title: False Conception: A John Marshall Tanner ...

Publisher: Otto Penzler Books, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Performing a check on a prospective surrogate mother on the condition that she never learn who the contracting parents are, Tanner is amazed when she flees and discovers that the would-be adoptive parents harbor secrets involving incest, murder, and the family business.

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Stuart and Millicent Colbert can't conceive a child, but they have the resources to hire a surrogate mother. San Francisco private eye Marsh Tanner is employed to investigate the surrogate, Greta Hammond. The catch: Hammond must never know the identity of the Colberts nor that she's being investigated. Meanwhile, the detective's significant other is pushing him toward parenthood, a step that, at age 48, Tanner believes impossible. Complications arise on both fronts when Tanner infiltrates Hammond's life and--against all better judgment--her bed. When Tanner finds a distant connection between the surrogate and Mr. Colbert, Greta, now pregnant with the Colbert's child, disappears. Tanner is the only one who knows all the elements of the case, and he's forced to make Solomon-like decisions as he factors in his own confused emotions regarding parenthood, the welfare of the unborn child, and the lives of the three adult principals. Tanner novels are never just mysteries; Greenleaf always weaves in a larger human dilemma, and here he does it more successfully than ever before. This tenth installment is easily the best of the Tanner series. Too many mysteries end with the scent of cordite in the air; here we end with a tear in the eye. It's a nice change. Wes Lukowsky

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