Simple by Kathleen George

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"If anyone's writing better police thrillers than George, I don't know who it is."

Entertainment Weekly

Nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel for The Odds, Kathleen George has received raves from all corners for her Pittsburgh-set police procedural series. Now, in Simple, series detective Colleen Greer is back in this stunning.

Cassie Price is thrilled when she’s hired to work at one of Pittsburgh’s most prestigious law firms. Young, pretty, and from a sheltered background, Cassie’s new life as an adult now includes meeting rich and powerful people, and she may even be having a mysterious affair. But when her lifeless body is discovered, the police are stumped. Suspicion falls on a neighborhood handyman, but Detective Colleen Greer and her boss, Commander Richard Christie, are not sure. The detectives discover that what seem like the easiest cases are actually the most complicated.

With fantastic series characters and a compelling story, Kathleen George again proves herself to be a master of the police procedural in Simple.


About Kathleen George

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KATHLEEN GEORGE is the author of The Odds, which was nominated in 2010 for the Edgar for Best Novel. She is also the editor of the short story collection Pittsburgh Noir. A professor of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh, she and her husband live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Published August 21, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 333 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As they painstakingly build a second case against an unsurprising suspect, Cal makes friends and enemies in jail, raising the distinct possibility that even if the police arrest someone else, his vindication will be posthumous.

Aug 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Simple

Publishers Weekly

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In Edgar-finalist George’s well-constructed sixth police procedural featuring Pittsburgh homicide detective Richard Christie (after 2011’s Hideout), Commander Christie and his crew look into the relatively bloodless murder of beautiful paralegal Cassie Price.

Jun 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Simple

National Review Online

Which is to say, the great fact of those eight years was we went to war — a big war, a costly war — under false pretenses.

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The New York Review of Books

The phenomenon of Raymond Chandler raises an interesting question: Can one be a “major” figure in a “minor” field?—a “great” writer in a genre in which there is very little competition for “greatness”?5 There has always seemed an element of special pleading in Chandler criticism, as if the flaws...

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The Gleaner

Edmund Davis, rector of St. George's, in downtown Kingston, in the Foreword recalls listening to her addressing the school assembly, and so he comments how "deeply impressed" he was with her "communication skills, her concern for others and her depth of spirituality".

May 16 2004 | Read Full Review of Simple

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