Through the Cracks

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Macmillan, May 11, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
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When Chicago private investigator Anni Koskinen takes on a new client, she finds herself working on an impossible case. After spending twenty years in prison, a black man convicted in a notorious rape case has had his sentence overturned. The victim wants to know who was really responsible for the crime that scarred her life. But even if Anni can find out who committed the brutal crime decades ago, a conviction will be impossible---unless the rapist has struck again.

The resourceful victim has uncovered evidence indicating that a serial rapist may still be at work, attacking women with ferocious anger. But as Anni digs deeper, the politically ambitious state's attorney who prosecuted the original rape case insists that the conviction was solid. He believes there was no miscarriage of justice---other than that a violent felon has been released on a technicality.

As Anni's cold case heats up, her friend Dugan, a CPD detective, is involved in a heater case of his own. An undocumented Mexican gang member has been arrested for the murder of a missing woman, and his uncertain fate has gripped the city and fueled anti-immigrant sentiment.

As both investigations unfold, the impact of racial prejudice radiates cracks through the criminal justice system, and it is through those cracks that Anni must try to glimpse the truth.

 

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This ARC came to me courtesy of the author. I like mysteries and I am especially partial to the cozier ones. This is about the farthest thing from cozy that I can imagine, with its cast of damaged ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
9
CHAPTER THREE
17
CHAPTER FOUR
24
CHAPTER FIVE
36
CHAPTER SIX
49
CHAPTER SEVEN
56
CHAPTER EIGHT
65
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
166
CHAPTER NINETEEN
176
CHAPTER TWENTY
187
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
194
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
204
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
212
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
219
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
231

CHAPTER NINE
71
CHAPTER TEN
77
CHAPTER ELEVEN
86
CHAPTER TWELVE
91
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
101
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
108
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
123
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
135
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
151
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
245
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
250
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
260
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
266
CHAPTER THIRTY
277
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
284
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
293
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Barbara Fister lives in rural Minnesota, where she works as a librarian at a small liberal arts college.

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