"Red Gloves...one of the best novels I've read by this master storyteller whose attention to detail is well known. ...I pulled an all nighter and finished the book...there may not be enough stars in the universe, but this book at least deserves five of the brightest." -Arthur Levine, Author
From the Author
When I was about sixteen years old, several police cars converged late at night on my father's house. Apologetic for disturbing our family, a detective explained that a local 24-hour store attendant had been stabbed and I was one of a handful of known males about the right age and within walking distance. I was visiting my girlfriend's house several miles away at the time, and the detective readily agreed that it wouldn't be right to embarrass my girlfriend's family by showing up there. Instead, my father called and asked if I could "...get home right away!"
My girlfriend's mother kindly drove me, but because she had just finished a glass of wine, she dropped me off several blocks from my home where she wouldn't be likely to invite questions about sobriety. By the time I walked past the police cars and through the front door, nearly an hour had passed.
Apparently quite patient, the detective took one look at my slim frame, button-up shirt and dress slacks and apologized for interrupting my evening. I didn't look anything at all like the criminal. Then, turning to leave, he gestured to one of the patrolman and said, "If it's okay with his parents, please return this young man to wherever he was."
I still remember that kind gesture. Though that detective had a serious crime to solve, he took the time to make sure a teenager's night wasn't totally ruined. Like him, my Lead Detective Priscilla Harris is street savvy but not jaded, and even though her personal life is filled with disaster, she continues to treat the people around her with compassion and respect.
I enjoyed spending time with Priscilla, and I hope the conclusion to her difficult journey will leave you with a smile.
Thank you for considering "Red Gloves."