The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde

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Two weeks before Christmas, Diana Duprey, an outspoken abortion doctor, is found dead in her swimming pool. A national figure, Diana inspired passion and ignited tempers, but never more so than the day of her death. Her husband Frank, a longtime attorney in the DA’s office; her daughter Megan, a freshman in college; the Reverend Stephen O’Connell, founder of the town’s pro-life coalition: all of them quarreled with Diana that day and each one has something to lose in revealing the truth. Meanwhile the detective on the case struggles for the answers — and finds himself more intimately involved than he ever could have imagined.

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About Elisabeth Hyde

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Elisabeth Hyde is the author of three previous novels, including Crazy as Chocolate. Born and raised in New Hampshire, she has since lived in Vermont, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Seattle. In 1979 she received her law degree and practiced briefly with the U.S. Department of Justice. She has taught creative writing in the public schools as well as through Naropa University. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Colorado, where she is at work on her fifth novel.
Published June 20, 2006 by Vintage. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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When the doctor’s body is found in her lap pool, the blame is directed at Frank, sententious pro-choice campaigner Steven O’Connell, Megan’s creepy ex-boyfriend Bill (who took the nude pictures) and pro-life activists who have been bombarding the doctor with hate mail.

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“The thought,” she writes of Megan’s nagging suspicion about her father’s alibi, “had a smell, like fetid fur.” Elsewhere, a police officer’s perspiration problem is revealed when “twin pockets of sweat darkened her underarms, like Muppet mouths.” Although Dr. Duprey’s story forms the core of “Th...

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Huck gets a little too close to Megan for his own good, Frank grows more and more depressed, and Bill continues to act the role of eager apprentice --- handing off clues to the detectives as if his contributions could somehow crack the case and bring Megan back to him.

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USA Today

Readers will expect a lot from a book titled The Abortionist's Daughter, and author Elisabeth Hyde offers enough sensationalism to justify the provocative title.Hyde's fourth novel unravels the mystery surrounding the murder of Diana Duprey, an outspoken abortion provider in a small Colorado town...

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Reviewing the Evidence

He constantly pesters Diana for help in getting Megan back, refusing to accept that Megan is unavailable.

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Mysterious Reviews

When a detective on the case calls the victim an "abortionist", her daughter quickly corrects him: she was an "abortion provider".

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Bookmarks Magazine

Carol Memmott Washington Post 3.5 of 5 Stars "What works best in this novel is not the issue of abortion (duly presented and dissected from both sides) nor the revelation of the murderer but the family backstories, which reveal Hyde at her best.

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Austin Chronicle

It would not be unreasonable to expect that The Abortionist's Daughter, a novel concerning the apparent drowning death of prominent pro-choice activist and abortion clinic owner Diana Duprey, would be a politically charged text.

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