Diana Abu-jaber Origin: A Novel

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Origin: A Novel

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Origin A fingerprint expert's investigation of a series of crib deaths leads her back to the mystery of her own childhood. Full description

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Beautiful prose makes this one special.

A mystery of cold beauty and dark isolation, written with crystalline precision...haunting and compelling...It's a little film noir, a bit independent-woman-detective thriller, and winningly fresh in its approach.--Amy Driscoll

[A] gripping mystery.--Elissa Schappell

Riveting...Heartbreaking questions--of mothers and daughters, and of love withheld and given--lie at the heart of this thoughtful, multilayered novel.--Adam Woog

A dark, noirish literary mystery with an entirely unique detective-heroine. The characters stayed with me long after I had finished the book. I'm not sure I've ever read anything like it, which alone is reason to celebrate.--Anita Shreve, author of The Stars Are Fire

Abu-Jaber is a gifted and graceful writer, deft at evoking a scene and creating pace that almost turns the pages itself...This novel's characters are complex and vividly drawn.--Jessica Treadway

Origin is a haunting story, icy cold in its upstate New York setting but glowing with the unusual brightness of its heroine...What propels Lena's story is the delicate, balanced, engrossing way Abu-Jaber perfectly intertwines Lena's personal story with that of the case she's investigating and sets both threads in a Syracuse so vivid you envision it without even trying. --Molly Templeton

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New York-based fingerprint expert Lena investigates a series of crib deaths that may actually be the work of a serial killer, a case that reminds Lena of the mystery surrounding her own childhood, marked by her orphaned status and her intuitive talents. Reprint.

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Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. Paperback. Condition: New. 384 pages. Dimensions: 8.2in. x 5.4in. x 1.0in.Finally, a novel of literary suspense that gets almost everything rightforensically and psychologically. Sarah Weinman, Baltimore Sun In this mystery of cold beauty and dark isolation, written with crystalline precision (Miami Herald), a series of crib deaths in Syracuse, New York, draws the attention of police and national media. Is a serial infant murderer at largeA haunting story, icy cold in its upstate New York setting but glowing with the unusual brightness of its heroine (Eugene Weekly), Origin stars a solitary fingerprint examiner who finds herself playing a critical role in the case. Diana Abu-Jaber, a gifted and graceful writer (Chicago Tribune), masterfully transcends formula (Kirkus Reviews) as the tension of Origin escalates, shaped as much by beautifully nuanced prose as menacing events (New York Daily News). Reading group guide included. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9780393331554

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