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Baker & Taylor
New York-based fingerprint expert Lena investigates a series of crib deaths that may actually be the work of a serial killer, a case that reminds Lena of the mystery surrounding her own childhood, marked by her orphaned status and her intuitive talents. Reprint.

Norton Pub
In this "mystery of cold beauty and dark isolation, written with crystalline precision" (Miami Herald), a series of crib deaths in Syracuse, New York, draws the attention of police and national media. Is a serial infant murderer at large?A "haunting story, icy cold in its upstate New York setting but glowing with the unusual brightness of its heroine" (Eugene Weekly), Origin stars a solitary fingerprint examiner who finds herself playing a critical role in the case. Diana Abu-Jaber, a "gifted and graceful writer" (Chicago Tribune), masterfully "transcends formula" (Kirkus Reviews) as "the tension of Origin escalates, shaped as much by beautifully nuanced prose as menacing events" (New York Daily News). Reading group guide included.
“Finally, a novel of literary suspense that gets almost everything right—forensically and psychologically.”—Sarah Weinman, Baltimore Sun

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393331554
Branch Call Number: Fiction AbuJaber
Characteristics: 384 p. ;c21 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

The protagonist in this investigative thriller - by one of my favourite authors- isn't an elegant forensics expert or an irascible near-retirement cop. She's a lonely, oddball fingerprint technician named Lena Dawson. There's a serial killer on the loose, but this one is killing babies.


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