Close to a Killer by Marsha Qualey

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Two prominent city residents have been murdered, and Barrie knew both of them. But does she know their killer? The police have connected both victims to her mother's hair salon, and the obvious focus has become Barrie's mom and the other stylists, all of whom happen to be convicted killers who met in prison vocational school.

Amidst intriguing people whom she can't quite trust, and forced into living with the mother she can't forgive, Barrie tries to ignore the uproar by immersing herself in her writing. But when she shares a troubling suspicion with the homicide detective, she suddenly finds herself pulled deeper into a situation that's growing more frightening every day.

About Marsha Qualey

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Marsha Qualey is the author of five previous acclaimed young adult novels, including Thin Ice.
Published March 9, 1999 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Shuttling between Killer Cuts, the shop her mother Daria opened after serving her murder sentence, and An Open Books [sic], where the owner supplies her with the career romances and old photos she’s taken to collecting, Barrie, 17, is adjusting to city life after growing up with her father in the...

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Anxious to start a new life after serving a 15-year prison sentence, Barrie's mother opens a beauty parlor with some of her ex-con friends, all of whom have done time for killing.

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There's murder and mayhem, plenty of dead bodies, a unique hair salon run by convicted killers, and a teenager trying to hold it all together in CLOSE TO A KILLER by Marsha Qualey.

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