Dawson, Janet

ISBN 10: 044990976X / ISBN 13: 9780449909768
Published by New York: Fawcett Columbine, (1995.) dj
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The 5th novel in the award-winning series featuring Oakland private investigator, Jeri Howard - this one is set among the homeless of Berkeley, California. SIGNED on the title page. 308 pp. Fine in near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 43322

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Publisher: New York: Fawcett Columbine, (1995.) dj

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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"Janet Dawson writes with a deft, sure hand, much the way her sleuth Jeri Howard detects. With both author and sleuth, you know you're in the hands of true professionals."
--Julie Smith
Across the glorious San Francisco Bay lies Berkeley, California, as famous for students and activism as it is for the charm of the town itself. But the complexities and troubles of the big city have made their home here and no one feels safe anymore.
A decomposing body buried in an empty lot has been dug up by a construction company, and Jeri Howard's demanding, imperious client, Naomi Smith, thinks the victim could be her daughter, Maureen, who ran away from her comfortable home two years ago. Jeri dislikes her client, but as a survivor of the mother-daughter wars herself, she is determined to discover the identity of the dead woman and how she was killed. What worries her just as much, though, is the missing child Maureen was last seen carrying--both of them sick, broke, and sleeping among the hopeless and homeless in the threatening shadows of Peoples Park.
Posing as a homeless person, Jeri probes the darkening heart of the once-beautiful city, peering behind the lace curtains of middle-class respectability to find out why Maureen ran from home and how she ended up on the streets. In her desperate search to save a child that nobody seems to want, Jeri hits a wall of suburban silence and urban distress.
Here is a mystery as real and believable as today's changing world, as intriguing as the stories strangers have to tell, as hopeful as the fate of a child who finds someone to love.

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Whenever I feel homesick for the San Francisco Bay Area, Janet Dawson takes me there. From the rugged coastlines of Monterey and Carmel to the quirky, wholly unique character of Berkeley, she captures the essence of Northern California. Another reason I enjoy her mysteries is that they deal with serious, complex themes. I admire that skill: giving a story meat without weighing it down. It's a balancing act Janet Dawson performs with precision--especially with Nobody's Child.

Grant Neumann, Copy Director

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