Sympathy Between Humans by Jodi Compton

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Jodi Compton’s debut, The 37th Hour, was hailed as “compelling” (San Francisco Chronicle), “intelligent” (New York Times Book Review), and “the debut of a world-class mystery writer” (Denver Post). Now Compton delivers a new novel featuring Detective Sarah Pribek, one of the most singular and complex characters in suspense fiction today.

On the streets of Minneapolis, Sarah has worked everything from vice to missing persons. But six months after the death of a small-town criminal in rural Minnesota, Sarah is still protecting the identity of a killer. And now a zealous D.A.’s investigator has come to town, determined to make an arrest. With her ex-partner half a world away and her husband in prison, only Sarah remains to face the consequences of last fall. Surrounded by colleagues who know her to be the suspect in a murder, Sarah keeps her demons at bay by involving herself in the troubles of strangers. Seventeen-year-old Aidan Hennessy was banished from his family by his father. Now Aidan’s twin sister is desperately searching for the brother she hasn’t seen in years. Although the case is out of Sarah’s jurisdiction, she sees a reflection of herself in the troubled, damaged family, and agrees to investigate.

As she probes into their tangled history, Sarah begins to realize that the mystery of the Hennessys runs deeper than it appears. Then Sarah’s lieutenant gives her a simpler assignment: Track down a doctor rumored to be practicing medicine without a license in a housing project. But in Cicero Ruiz, Sarah finds a tough, wounded survivor whose moral code challenges her own ideas about justice…and whose hard-won life would be destroyed by an arrest.

Now juggling two very different cases, both requiring a delicate balancing act between professional honor and personal feelings, Sarah soon has even more at stake. Caught up in a cat-and-mouse game with the investigator who wants to end her career, crossing one ethical line after another, Sarah increasingly fears that a misstep on her part will end not only in her disgrace, but in the death of one of those she has promised herself to protect.
With its fascinating heroine and its brilliantly interwoven mysteries, Sympathy Between Humans is storytelling at its finest from one of the most original and daring writers in suspense fiction today.

About Jodi Compton

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JODI COMPTON, like Hailey Cain, is “Californian in a way a lot of people are Californian; I was born someplace else.” Jodi has lived in California since the age of one, excepting a brief stint in Minneapolis. She is the author of two previous crime novels, The 37th Hour and Sympathy Between Humans. She currently lives in Northern California with her Lab mix, Lady Bird.
Published March 1, 2005 by Delacorte Press. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Sarah’s brother officers in the Hennepin County (Minn.) Sheriff’s Department think the case needs solving, but Sarah knows better.

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"Using uncomplicated language and full-page black-and-white photographs, Smith recounts the courageous actions of Elsie Kühn-Leitz during WWII; she and her family helped many Jews flee Na

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If one of the major rules of writing is "show, don't tell," in these passages Compton reveals the outline of the bump behind the curtain in the darkened room of Ruiz and Pribek's uneasy, flawed relationship.

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But both Shiloh and Sarah are protecting the real killer -- Sarah's former colleague Genevieve, now living in Europe.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In Compton’s debut novel, The 37th Hour (2003), the courts freed a rapist and murderer on a technicality—and then the killer himself wals murdered.

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