What You Wish For by Janet Dawson
A Novel of Suspense

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History professor Lindsey Page has a quiet, well-ordered life, but it’s about to get complicated. Her daughter, with whom she has a troubled relationship, shows up on her doorstep. The immigrant woman Lindsey is interviewing for a book asks her for help in reclaiming the son taken from her during a massacre in her Salvadoran village. And her closest friends, from college days at Berkeley, where they witnessed the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, are hiding secrets that will forever change those friendships. Lindsey must grapple with questions of family identity, truth in wartime, the ethics of power for robber barons and the law of unforeseen consequences. Moving back and forth from the 1970s to the present, from the Bay Area to El Salvador, this sprawling saga follows Lindsey, her friends, and family through tumultuous political, social, and cultural changes and choices.

About Janet Dawson

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Janet Dawson writes highly acclaimed suspense novels about the adventures of Jeri Howard, a female private detective in the San Francisco Bay area. Dawson's first novel, Kindred Crimes won the Private Eye Writers of America Best First Private Eye Novel Contest and was nominated for the Anthony and Shamus awards. Her seventh novel, Witness to Evil, takes protagonist Jeri Howard to Paris to rescue a runaway teenager and back to California, where Howard becomes involved in a dangerous confrontation with neo-Nazis. Other Jeri Howard mysteries include Don't Turn Your Back on the Ocean, Nobody's Child, and Till the Old Men Die. Janet Dawson was an enlisted journalist in the Navy before moving to Alameda, Calif. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
Published September 11, 2013 by Perseverance Press. 292 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Reviewing the Evidence

Retired history professor Lindsey Page is living an enviable life: living comfortably alone in Northern California, preparing to write a book for her dream project on women's lives in Latin America, and enjoying frequent gatherings with her best friends from college.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Janet Dawson's first stand-alone — she is the author of the long-running Jeri Howard mystery series — is What You Wish For, first and foremost a novel of friendship, though there is a thread of suspense running through its parallel storylines.

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Kings River Life

I write about the Bay Area, and Northern California, because I’m here and I can get to the places I write about.

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