HarperCollins, Aug 2001, 24.00
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 years.
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 day.
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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner