"A great debut novel"
At forty Emma Price is pregnant but far from happy as she
knows she is in trouble. Her film-making husband wants
to end their marriage and her son Liam has been acting up
lately. On the positive side, her former boss Dawn
Prescott wants her back to work as an investigator in the
New York's capital defender's office. She accepts the job
though she has been away from the field for about a dozen
Emma teams up with Laurence Solomon working the case of
teenager Loretta Picard charged with the murder of two
police officers and the death of Beatriz Castillo. The
latter was Emma's babysitter so she has personalized the
inquiries into why the woman was found dead off of Coney
Island. Then there is morning sickness, Liam's rebellion,
and her worthless spouse to spice up any dull investigative
In her debut novel, Naomi Rand shows plenty of talent as
she scribes an engaging police procedural story that hooks
the reader through the interest in what happens to Emma.
Though unacceptable reasons why Emma hid her conflict of
interest hurt the plot, fans will want her to succeed and
return for more stories with diapers too.
Reminiscent of the movie Fargo but in New York, THE ONE
THAT GOT AWAY is one that the audience will want to insure
does not get away from their reading material as Brooklyn
has not looked this good since Seagal or perhaps Kaplan.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 20, 2001