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BOOK REVIEW: THE MORTICIAN'S DAUGHTER
BY ELIZABETH BLOOM

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Ginny Lavoie has been suspended from the NYPD while an investigation into her participation in a scandal. Knowing that she is innocent but still feeling the sting of the suspicion of other cops, Ginny has begun to drift aimlessly through her days - ignoring her telephone and easing her pain with a steady consumption of whiskey.

When her childhood friend Sonya calls to tell Ginny of the death of Sonya's son, Ginny seizes the opportunity to break the pattern of her listless days and she drives north to comfort her friend. When she arrives, her cop instincts take over and almost inspite of herself she begins to investigate the murder.

Bloom's book follows a familiar pattern of recent suspense fiction. A return to a small town home finds much change - new strip malls, large chain stores, fancy "gentrification" of older historic structures. And the temptations and dangers of city life have invaded as well. Drug use, alternative cultures, glitzy entertainment choices are freely available.

With some locals offering her grudging assistance, and others cooperating in helpful style, Ginny begins to uncover several truths the dead young man had hoped to keep hidden.

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