Tabula Rasa

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Harcourt, 2005 - Fiction - 290 pages
3 Reviews
When arson investigator Billy Nightingale and his brother-in-law, Officer Sebastian Bly, are called in to investigate a tragic house fire that killed two young children, they find much more than charred wood and melted plastic. Suspicious details at the fire scene - and the discovery of a rather unusual baby hiding underneath the porch - put Billy and Sebastian on the trail of a murderous mother while Sebastian and his wife, Annie, raise baby Marmalade without revealing her dangerous and frightening past.
Baby Marmalade grows up to be a promising young ballerina - her ambitions fueled in part by the fictional past that Sebastian and Annie have invented for her. But the truth threatens this happy family as Marmalade's birth mother returns to finish what she started.
Shelly Reuben, a real-life fire investigator in New York City, has written not only a gripping and entertaining crime novel, but she has also created a sensitive, warm, and unique exploration of the deeper issues of what defines a family and an individual.

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Review: Tabula Rasa (Nightingale & Bly #1)

User Review  - Bnhereb4 - Goodreads

Interesting story that caught me off guard. I picked it up because of it's unique title. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down until the end. Even when you experience a "tabula rasa" sometimes, your past will find a way to catch up with you. Read full review

Review: Tabula Rasa (Nightingale & Bly #1)

User Review  - Maggie - Goodreads

This is a book about nature vs. nurture as it affects a small child. State Trooper Sebastian Bly and Fire Marshal Billy Nightingale rescue a baby who escapes from an arson fire set by her own mother ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Shelly Reuben is the author of Tabula Rasa, Origin & Cause, Spent Matches, the Edgar-nominated Julian Solo, and Weeping. She is a licensed private detective and a certified fire investigator who has been investigating fires and arson for more than twenty years. She lives in New York.

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