Prince of Lost Places by Kathy Hepinstall

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"Forty million mothers would have followed me out here, if they had known this place existed." Martha's son, Duncan, is the light of her life. After a child is killed at Duncan's school, Martha decides that she must protect him from the world and from the constant, unnameable dangers that plague parents and their children.

So late one night, she kidnaps him and takes him to a cave near the Rio Grande River to live, hidden and isolated. When her hideout is discovered by a strange man, Martha is wary and suspicious, but slowly begins to trust him with her son-never realizing that this man is a detective sent by her husband to bring her back home. As the fiercely protective mother and the detective fall in love, they move ever closer to a final confrontation, a terrible choice, and the revelation of Martha's devastating secret.

Full of haunting atmosphere and seductive tension, Prince of Lost Places is a stirring tale that reaffirms Kathy Hepinstall as a rising talent of psychological suspense.

About Kathy Hepinstall

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Kathy Hepinstall is the author of three previous novels, The House of Gentle Men (a Los Angeles Times bestseller), The Absence of Nectar (a national bestseller), and The Prince of Lost Places. She is an award-winning creative director and advertising writer, whose clients have included top brands in American business. She grew up in Texas.
Published January 6, 2003 by Putnam Adult. 192 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Ohio, a distraught man named David hires a private detective to find his missing wife Martha, traumatized since a bomb went off—killing some—at their six-year-old son Duncan’s elementary school.

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"I was trapped between two competing kinds of love, a river squeezed by its border countries," muses Martha as she struggles to keep her son safe in an unsafe world and fights her newfound desire.

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In Prince of Lost Places, bedraggled husband David Warden hires a detective to track down and bring back his wife, Martha.

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