Acid Row by Minette Walters

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A writer of unquestioned talent and power, Minette Walters has electrified readers around the globe with her fiercely compelling and utterly riveting thrillers that have earned her comparisons to Ruth Rendell and P. D. James. In Acid Row, she takes us to a place that is all the more frightening because it is so real.

Acid Row. The name beleaguered inhabitants give their crime-riddled, decaying housing project. It's a no-man's land of single mothers and fatherless children, where angry, alienated youths control the streets.

Into this battleground comes Sophie Morrison, a young doctor visiting a patient there-and unaware that she is entering the home of a known pedophile. With reports circulating that a child has disappeared into this bedlam, the vigilantes are out in force. Sophie is trapped at the center of this terrifying siege, wth a man who can and will harm her . . . and the mob is out for blood.

About Minette Walters

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British mystery writer Minette Walters began her literary career as a sub-editor at a romance publishing company. She wrote short stories and romance novels for a time before turning to writing mysteries. Her first mystery novel, The Ice House (1992), won the John Creasy Award for Best First Novel. Later novels have also been award winners. Scold's Bridle won a CWA Gold Dagger and The Sculptress (which was made into a BBC television play) won an Edgar Award.
Published July 1, 2002 by Putnam Adult. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Crime. Non-fiction

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Her real achievement here, however, is in the oddly sympathetic pedophile, the angry heroine, her ex-con rescuer, the pitifully unformed teenage provocateurs, Amy’s willfully irresponsible mother and smoothly complicit father, and an underage victim who turns out to be just as exploitative, thoug...

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Ever since she won an Edgar back in 1993, Walters has continually worked outside the standard boundaries of crime drama.

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Book Reporter

'Alcohol-crazed lynch mob goes on the rampage'…'Sex pervert butchered'…'Five hours of savagery leaves 3 dead, 189 injured…'" Walters has shaped a fascinating tale of poverty, of desperation, and of the lengths people feel forced to go, when living in neglected, government housing, under condition...

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Entertainment Weekly

ACID ROW Minette Walters (Putnam, $24.95) Edgar-winning suspense novelist Walters has written a zippy summer read with this tightly plotted, character-rich thriller.

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A paedophile whom police believe is a minimal threat to the community is relocated in Bassindale Housing Estate, the area its residents call Acid Row.

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Rather than writing a traditional mystery, as some of her other novels, such as 'The Ice House' have been, Walters has chosen to write a thriller that tackles social issues unflinchingly.

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We never get the sense that no matter how disrupted the lives of her characters, that they are by nature or by class hopelessly damned or that they can be excused as a group from taking responsibility for their lives.

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