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Hideout Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 16, 2011

3.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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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

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312569130
  • ASIN: B008SMNNT2
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,800,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I enjoy all of Kathleen George's books. They aren't as complex as my favorite authors (which are along the lines of Ruth Rendell, Tana French, Tyler Dilts, Morag Joss, Karen Fossum), but they are definitely entertaining with emphasis on character development.
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In Pittsburgh, stoned Ryan Rutter decides to scare a female pedestrian walking in a park. He steers his truck towards her planning to just miss her; but he miscalculates and hits her. He and his passenger his younger brother Jack flee the crime scene. They head to a remote Sugar Lake cabin that their family rented when they were kids from Tom Jensen who tossed them out of it due to the vandalism.

Pittsburgh night duty police detective Colleen Greer leads the hit and run homicide investigation. The victim is Allegany General cafeteria staff Joanna Navarro. Colleen's boss Commander Richard Christie joins her as she makes inquiries; also on the case are PPD Artie Dolan and John Potocki.

While Jack obtains handyman work from elderly neighbor Addie Ward, Ryan plots a robbery. When Tom arrives at his cabin, Ryan takes away his rifle and threatens to kill him and likewise Addie too. As law enforcement from the greater Pittsburgh area compete to capture the siblings, Ryan plans to blow away the two witnesses who can identify them.

This is a strong Pittsburgh police procedural (see The odds); as Jack steals the show from the cops and his psychopathic older brother with his obsessed need to protect Ryan, reversing their childhood. Fast-paced from the moment readers meet the brothers when Ryan's friend is rushed to the hospital to save his life from an overdose, fans will relish this psychological thriller as Jack knows right from wrong but defending Jack supersedes his moral barometer, which is constantly tested.

Harriet Klausner
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