Killing the Fatted Calf by Susan Kelly
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Superintendent Gregory Summers is co-operating with the National Crime Squad on Operation Cuckoo: intended to crack down on illegal immigrants. The Thames Valley is a prime target for modern day slave traders, who make the unfortunate 'slaves' pay their own fare to the promised land. Meanwhile, Antony Lucas tracks down wealthy widow Elise Weissman, the mother who gave him up for adoption thirty years ago. He is cautiously welcomed into the fold, but it isn't long before an abusive past and family secrets threaten to destroy the family. A spiral of violence and devastation ensues, violence that must end in death for one member of the family. But whose motive was strongest? And where does the sudden death of an elderly man in his luxury hotel room fit into the picture? Gregory Summers is drawn into the midst of the investigation and must try to piece together the facts - a task that gets more difficult every day...

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Author DEBORAH LEE ROSE is the author of many children's books, including Ocean Babiespublished by National Geographic. Her books are among the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, and have twice won the National Association of Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award. Deborah is a science writer and editor for the renowned Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. She helped create and blogs for, an award-winning science education/STEM activity site. She is an engaging and experienced speaker for professional conferences and schools on the art and work of writing and the power of words. Author/Photographer SUSAN KELLY is an award winning video journalist, whose multi-award-winning documentary film "Koala Hospital" inspired the book about Jimmy the Joey's life story. The film presents the poignant and surprising life of koalas set at the world's first hospital dedicated to koalas. More information about the book and the film is available at

Author Residence: Walnut Creek, California Susan Kelly is a video journalist and producer interested in "urban front lines," where the intersection between people and wildlife is problematic. She has produced media for various organizations such as Sky News, ABC, CNN, National Geographic, and the United Nations. Kelly's first independent documentary film, Koala Hospital, presents an unusual wide-angle look at the surprising life of urban koalas, set at the world's first hospital dedicated to koalas.Illustrator Residence: Washington, D.C.Illustrator Hometown: Australia
Published March 1, 2002 by Thorndike Press. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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British author Kelly's second Gregory Summers British police procedural (after The Lone Traveller) features possibly the blandest detective in the genre.

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