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A Private Crime
A Private Crime
Author: Lillian O'Donnell
ISBN-13: 9780399135859
ISBN-10: 0399135855
Publication Date: 1/10/1991

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Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T)
Book Type: Hardcover
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One in the Lillian O'Donnell Norah Mulcahaney mystery series. "An engrossing series...O'Donnell presents ethical quandaries in addition to the dilemmas commonly found in the ordinary whodunit." Philadelphia Inquirer

A crime hits too close to home in Norah Mulcahaney's life. The murders of an unwed mother and her infant son raise some unusual questions for Manhattan's Fourth Homicide team, headed by Mulcahaney. Why did a man open fire with an AK-47 on a crowd at an open air flea market? Why were the girl and her child the only ones killed? Why was no one else even injured?
Randall Tye, a television news anchor, is convinced the killings are drug related. Norah thinks that explanation is too easy.
As their investigations progress, it looks more and more as though Tye is right, and when the baby carriage belonging to the murdered infant disappears from the crime lab...only to be found later with traces of cocaine in its interior..Norah decides she must confront Randall Tye...the man she has grown to love. Was he just guessing about the drug connection, or did he have real evidence to back his claim? But Tye vanishes before answering her questions, leaving Norah to solve what has become, for her, a private as well as a public crime. (Synopsis from dust cover)
Thoughtful and hard-hitting. This is one of Lillian O'Donnell's best. Good the conscience a little jiggle, but not enough to ruin a very good mystery.
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When a sniper firing into a crowded East Side flea market kills a teenage mother and a baby, Lt. Norah Mulcahaney and her homicide team are assigned to the case, which has sparked public outrage. Norah quickly discovers that the gunfire had indeed been aimed at the victims and that the girl had been using the baby carriage to transport cocaine. The drug link leads to a distraught and vengeful mother, a drug middleman and, somewhat improbably, to a congressman running for the Senate. The case hits close to home when a missing piece of evidence implicates Norah's trusted sergeant and when her lover, TV newsman Randall Tye, who is conducting his own investigation and with whom she has quarreled about their conflicting careers, disappears. Norah, occasionally the "ice queen" of Randall's accusations, is a strong, determined woman holding her own in a male-dominated police force. A good read for a sleepless night or a day at the beach, the plot is interesting and plausible, and the characters real enough to care about.
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