Random House, Inc. Book three in the Anthony Award-winning mystery series featuring Amanda Pepper, the resourceful English teacher at Philly Prep. Amanda is sorting books for a school fundraiser, when she comes across a book for battered women that contains a special and frightening message from its original, anonymous owner. Desperate to learn who donated the books, Amanda's search leads her to deliberate brutality and its cold-blooded consequences. Gillian Roberts is "the Dorothy Parker of mystery writers, laughing when--especially when--it hurts, and giving more wit per page than most writers give per book." Nancy Pickard
From the Paperback edition.
Baker & Taylor Amanda Pepper's third outing finds her leafing through underlined passages and frantic handwritten notes in a second-hand paperback that might help her find an unknown woman in certain peril. By the author of Caught Dead in Philadelphia.
Blackwell North Amer Gillian Roberts's Philadelphia-based Amanda Pepper mysteries have won her a faithful readership and wide critical acclaim. The San Francisco Chronicle has called Amanda "engaging and entertaining." And The Philadelphia Inquirer praises the schoolteacher-heroine who delivers her lines "with self-deprecating savagery and humor." There is good reason to cheer again. Amanda Pepper, the resilient, resourceful English teacher at Philly Prep, is back - once more moonlighting as an amateur sleuth. Amanda has volunteered to sort books for a school fund-raiser, where she encounters a second-hand volume from an unknown donor - a book for and about battered women. As Amanda peruses the book, she realizes that it contains a special and frightening message from its original owner. Passages describing violent physical and emotional abuse are underlined, with additional notes scribbled in the margins corroborating the details: "I know he will kill me. He says so. I believe him. He will kill me soon." As far as Amanda is concerned, this cry for help cannot be ignored. Her search for the desperate victim leads from the corridors of Philly Prep to the cobblestone streets of Society Hill, and the smooth avenues of the upscale Main Line. Along the way Amanda learns a startling lesson about deliberate brutality - and its unpredictable and cold-blooded consequences.
Baker & Taylor Leafing through a second-hand paperback, Amanda Pepper finds underlined passages and frantic handwritten notes that lead her to search for an unknown woman in certain peril