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Afterimage (Richard Christie, Book 3) Hardcover – December 10, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (December 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312372493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312372491
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George's solid third Pittsburgh thriller (after 2004's Fallen) introduces rookie detective Colleen Greer to the homicide squad. Cmdr. Richard Christie is unsure of inexperienced, overeager Greer, but they hit the ground running after a woman is brutally murdered. Greer recognizes the victim as Laura McCall, the wife of David Hoffman, who ran a counseling center where Greer had been employed. McCall was separated from Hoffman and dating another man, making Hoffman the detectives' prime suspect. When Hoffman reaches out to Greer, her cop instincts take precedence over their past friendship, but she still isn't sure of his guilt. When a second body turns up, again with ties to Hoffman's clinic, Greer tries to tap into her intuition and unexpectedly finds herself attracted to her very married boss. George leaves enough balls in the air that fans will eagerly await Christie and Greer's next case. (Dec.)
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About the Author

Kathleen George is a theater professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also earned a Ph.D. in theater and a subsequent M.F.A. in fiction. She is the author of two previous mysteries featuring Richard Christie. She and her husband live in Pittsburgh on the city’s historic North Side.

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Kathleen George is the best selling author of a series of thrillers set in Pittsburgh where she lives and where she is a professor of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh. Her sixth novel SIMPLE (August 21, 2012) and her fifth novel HIDEOUT (August 16, 2011) have both won high praise by reviewers, including starred reviews. Her fourth, THE ODDS, out in paperback, was a finalist for an Edgar® award for best novel of the year in 2010. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels TAKEN, FALLEN, and AFTERIMAGE, the short story collection THE MAN IN THE BUICK, and the 2011 edited collection of stories, PITTSBURGH NOIR. Early on George Pelecanos wrote "I look forward to reading anything Kathleen George writes." An Entertainment Weekly reviewer wrote of THE ODDS, "If anyone is writing better police thrillers than George, I don't know who it is."

She is married to writer Hilary Masters, who asked her out twenty years ago because he figured she, a theatre director, would be interesting--he was tired of being around writers. On the first date, she told him she had begun writing (or more accurately had taken it up again, having said from the time she was seven that she wanted to be a writer).

He thought, "Oh, no, not another one." But they had already hit it off and so it was too late. Now there are two of them in one household, shuffling around in sloppy clothes, coffee cups in hand, heading to paper, computer, typewriter.

"When I was eight, I took my accumulated miseries up to the attic," she wrote in "The Making of a Writer" "where I had discovered I could make an area, (a small stage set?) with table, chair, notebooks and pen, and suddenly my world seemed whole and good--a secret and a treasure."

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Kathleen George was born in Johnstown Pennsylvania. As a child, she wanted to be a writer. She wrote stories and plays in high school and in her undergraduate years as a creative writing major at the University of Pittsburgh. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Theatre (also at Pitt). By then she had made her home in Pittsburgh. For eight years she taught theatre at Carlow College, where she directed many plays. Then she accepted a teaching position at Pitt where she continued to direct and teach dramatic literature and playwriting; in the early 80s, she began to add fiction writing back into the mix. In 1988, she earned an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing (also at Pitt!) on the side. She is a Professor in the Theatre Arts Department with a secondary appointment in the English Writing program.

Book-length fiction publications are: THE MAN IN THE BUICK, a collection of stories, BKMK press, 1999; TAKEN, a novel, Delacorte 2001; FALLEN, Dell 2004; AFTERIMAGE, St. Martin's Minotaur 2007; THE ODDS, St. Martin's Minotaur 2009; HIDEOUT St. Martin's Minotaur, 2011, and SIMPLE, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2012. TAKEN has been translated into French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, and Norwegian. She is also the editor of the 2011 PITTSBURGH NOIR.

George has been granted fellowships at artists' colonies, including the VCCA and MacDowell. Her short fiction has appeared in journals and magazines which include Mademoiselle, Cimarron Review, North American Review, New Letters, and Alaska Quarterly Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and one story was listed among the Distinguished in Best American Short Stories.

Her theatre publications are: Rhythm in Drama, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980, Playwriting: The First Workshop, Allworth Press, 2008 (first in print with Butterworth (Focal Press) 1994), and Winter's Tales: Reflections on the Novelistic Stage, University of Delaware, 2005.

She has taught for Pitt in London and has served as faculty and as Academic Dean for Semester at Sea. She has directed for Pitt's mainstage and for the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival productions which include The Rehearsal, The Country Wife, She Stoops to Conquer, The Winter's Tale, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, A Flea in Her Ear, and Our Town. A number of these productions were listed among the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ten Best of the Year. She has also produced and sometimes directed over sixty original plays written by her students.

She is married to writer Hilary Masters.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Kay VINE VOICE on April 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I hate when I start reading a new book and realize it is part of a series, and not the beginning. But in this case, though I may have missed some of the interpersonal undercurrents between the characters, I thought the book read quite well on its own without having read the earlier books.

This is a different kind of police mystery than I have read before. It is much more about the police legwork in solving a pair of crimes that appear to be linked. Instead of the characters racing for their lives or involved in tense dramatic situations, they do more of what I assume police detectives do in real life: they look at evidence and talk to people and plan their investigations even when one of them has a gut feeling about who the guilty party may be.

Though not the same kind of page turner as a pure thriller-type novel, this book kept my interest on a more intellectual basis. In addition, there was a lot of emotional content as well. There was some jockeying for position among the various offers, the undercurrent of the rookie officer's crush on her married boss along with her need to impress him and be complimented and the rookie's interactions with a suspect who was her former boss.

I enjoyed the book enough that I plan to go back and read the earlier ones in the series.
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By Honora Sefick on June 28, 2014
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By Georgie Girl on October 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I love Kathleen George's detective novels. Love her characters, and the moody suspense she creates with each book. Her stories are just creepy and scary enough without being overly violent. There's something atmospheric about the worlds she creates that is hard to put into words. I will read all her books.
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By ewaffle on September 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The first I have read in a series of police procedural murder mysteries set in Pittsburgh and centered around a squad of detectives led by the imperturbable and occasionally brilliant head of homicide, Richard Christie.

Pittsburgh doesn't have many murders--or at least Kathleen George is successful in convincing the reader that there aren't many. It isn't exactly Detroit or Chicago or even the somewhat fictionalized Baltimore so that the squad can devote itself to one case at a time--or two possibly interrelated cases as happens here.

George has more than usual in this type of book on the personal/social/sexual lives of the cops and she does it well with the home life of the investigators occasionally impinging on the investigation since conflict with spouses, kids, ex-spouses, ex-kids, etc. take the edge off their ability to function at work, the same as in the lives of men and women in any calling.

The only weakness in "Afterimage" is that the police are led to the murderer--and this is as foul and horrifying as any crime anywhere--by an unlikely flash of intuition and jolt of recognition by a junior member of the team, so if this guy hadn't been in this particular place at this specific time, all the work would have been for naught and the killer uncaught and unpunished.

Looks like a very good series well worth following.
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