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Praise for HIDEOUT
"Stellar...An expert at handling investigative details and pacing, George makes readers care about the people who are about to confront each other. The inevitable violence hurts because it matters. Told in lean, efficient prose, this is a top-notch, emotionally satisfying police procedural." --Publishers Weekly (starred)
"This outstanding police procedural brings the detectives ever closer with a tense and chilling buildup, in which amorality confronts old-fashioned ethics...Edgar-nominated George’s (The Odds) latest entry plays to her strength: psychological character study. Once again she explores what happens when kids are forced to make their own way in a complex world. This would appeal to Dennis Tafoya and Tana French readers." --Library Journal
"A winning combination of nuanced character study and expertly plotted, nitty-gritty police procedural." --Booklist

About the Author

KATHLEEN GEORGE is a professor of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is also the author of Taken, Fallen, and Afterimage. The Odds, which was published in 2009, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. She and her husband live on Pittsburgh’s North Side. 


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Product Details

  • Series: Pittsburgh Police (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312569130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312569136
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid reader who is always looking for the above average mystery--original and authentic plots, 3-dimensional characters who come alive on the page, imaginative and detailed writing. After reading Kathleen George's Taken--I was taken. I told every one I could to read this book. Her book, The Odds, deserved the Edgar Award. Hideout is somewhat smaller in scope than her previous novels but still extremely entertaining. I love George's intelligent writer's voice--her female perspective and insight into the interior lives of each of her female and male characters. We are buried in mediocre mystery novels--I am grateful to have found this writer. This is the 1st review I have ever written for Amazon--but I felt compelled to write something after reading 2 of the rather inordinately subjective (to put it generously) reviews for this book. Kathleen George deserves to be supported. I encourage discerning mystery readers to read everything she has written.
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Without gimmicks or trendy cultural references, George has crafted a truly chilling novel about the collision of rural life in Pennsylvania and two renegade brothers from Pittsburgh who flee the city and attempt to hide from scrutiny in Sugar Lake. A far cry from the chaotic streets of their natural environment, Jack and Ryan Rutter are flying down a country road in the middle of the night when Ryan, fueled by drugs, hits a young mother of two crossing at a signal. As her body flips through the air like a rag doll, Ryan's manic high fails to alert him to the magnitude of the damage, the boys' red truck racing into the dark. Essentially homeless, Jack and Ryan head for a summer cottage at Sugar Lake, a place etched in memory from their childhood, when a lifetime of resentments began, the owner still in the city.

Just down the hill from Tom Jensen's cabin lives Addie Ward, an eighty-three year old widow who lives frugally, but appreciates every moment of her day, from her thriving vegetable garden to her home-cooked meals to the few friends that remain in Sugar Lake in the changing demographic of an ageing community. But there is nothing frugal about Addie's spirit, a generous and thoughtful woman who recently hired Jack Rutter for a day's wages as a handyman. Sensing a troubled but decent young man, Addie has no idea how deeply she will be drawn into the violence that follows the brothers everywhere. Though Ryan is undoubtedly George's "bad boy", Jack slips too easily into his wake, the bond of brotherhood often trumping decency and common sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 10, 2014
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This second of a police procedural series featuring Pittsburgh Homicide Detective Colleen Greer revolves around two homeless brothers who kill a woman in a hit-and-run while driving whacked out of their skulls on drugs. They drive on and lay low at a summer cabin a few hours away, however, the older and more wilder of the two has a dim view of what it means to hide out, and soon digs him and his brother a much deeper hole as he gets drunk, courts trouble, and the owner of the cabin shows up.

There's actually not too much to the plot, as Det. Greer takes the lead and others join in, as they race to find the boys based on only the slimmest of leads. The fraught fraternal relationship gives the book a little depth as the "good" younger one struggles to escape the psychological hold his bullying older brother has on him. As in the previous book (The Odds), the police process is clearly laid out, and the dots connect satisfyingly. Since most of the story takes place at a lake two hours from Pittsburgh, there's some interesting cross-jurisdictional details involved.

One of the main subplots involves another lakeside resident, a spirited and sharp 83-year-old woman living on her own. Between her and Greer, the book is definitely recommended for those that like police procedurals with strong non-cartoonish female leads and psychological insights that aren't too heavy-handed.
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Full disclosure: I'm a Pittsburgh native and loved reading a book with locations I know including areas north of the county where I used to work. The characters are strong with plenty of tension around the two bad guys. I couldn't help rooting for the less bad guy. I did wish for a bit more tension among the cops. Would I have enjoyed it as much had it been set in Cleveland or Chicago? Maybe not but it's still a good story.
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