Most people run from fires; firemen and cops run toward them‚ especially when someone inside is screaming. It began when a boy banged on Burgess’s car window. He got a gasped‚ “Fire at the mosque and someone’s in there‚” and a frantic gesture toward the old commercial building that served as a mosque for Portland’s Somali community.
His dash into the building leads to a very young mother and tiny baby in a locked closet‚ and to his worst nightmare — investigating the death of another child. He must deal with suspicious‚ uncooperative refugees‚ members of a motorcycle gang‚ businessmen engaged in illegal activity‚ and threats to his family before identifying the mute and terrified young mother and getting justice for a helpless child who never had a chance.
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Five Star Mysteries are standard print, first editions from award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming authors of the Mystery genre. These hardcover first editions will consist of new novels and short story collections plus novels that have been restored from original typescripts. The Five Star First Edition Mystery Series titles are carefully selected to appeal to a broad range of genre fans and include all subgenres of mystery: romantic suspense, traditional mysteries, private eye novels, cozies, hard-boiled detectives, and short story collections. The mystery genre continues to boom and this plan speaks directly to what today's readers want -- a mix of original novels and short fiction collections from established, award-winning professionals as well as up-and-coming writers in the field. Previous authors have included Ralph McInerny, Catherine Dain, Les Roberts, Jeremiah Healy, and more. New, as of June 2004, four (4) titles shipped approximately every four weeks. Actual covers may be different from those shown.