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Finding Sophie

  • Apr 14, 2011
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Two Boston policewomen, Sgt. D.D. Warren of the Boston police department, and Massachusetts State Trooper Tessa Leone, go head to head on a case involving the murder of Tessa's husband, Brian, and the disappearance of her 6 year old daughter Sophie. D.D. is shocked to find herself newly pregnant, and pondering the question of what kind of mother she could possibly make, when the murder is called in. She's disturbed about the death, but even more about the missing child. Teamed up with former lover Bobby Dodge of the State Police, D.D. is immediately suspicious of Tessa, whose battered face and concussion mark her as a battered wife. And she's right to be suspicious. The more Bobby and D.D. investigate, the clearer it becomes that Tessa, and some of her colleagues, are lying. But Tessa is equally determined to stay one step ahead of the investigators, both of whom are skilled and experienced, and appears to be uncooperative. Love You More is narrated alternately by Tessa herself and by a generic narrator who recounts D.D.'s thoughts and actions. Bit by bit, pieces of the mystery are revealed, but often they are not what they seem, and when new facts emerge, they're equally contradictory. Whether or not Tessa is guilty, you find yourself caring about what becomes of her and her child. Author Lisa Gardner does her research, and is a master a presenting realistic, tense thrillers that revolve around contemporary problems. Her protagonists are consistent and honest. She has said that men shy away from crime novels written by women, but Gardner's novels can compete with those of Michael Connelly, Harlen Coben, or any of the other bestselling authors in the genre.
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review by . April 29, 2011
Boston homicide det. D.D. Warren is called by State Police liaison Bobby Dodge when a homicide is connected to a member of the State Police.      St. Trooper Tessa Leoni is found beaten and bruised in her kitchen. Her husband, Brian, is dead, shot three times with her service revolver. In addition, her six-year-old daughter, Sophie, is missing.      It seems as if Tessa's a victim of spouse abuse and she shot her husband in self defense.      …
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WHO DO YOU LOVE?
 
One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter?
 
AND HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO . . .
 
As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets. Would a trained police officer truly shoot her own husband? And would a mother harm her own child?
 
. . . TO SAVE HER?
 
For Tessa Leoni, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with nowhere to turn, no one to trust, as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. She has one goal in sight, and she will use every ounce of her training, every trick at her disposal, to do what must be done. No sacrifice is too great, no action unthinkable. A mother knows who she loves. And all others will be made to pay.
 
Love you more . . .

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Joseph Finder planned to become a spy. Or maybe a professor of Russian history. Instead he became a bestselling thriller writer, and winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best ...

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ISBN-10: 9780553807257
ISBN-13: 978-0553807257
Author: Lisa Gardner
Publisher: Bantam

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