Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What is Kathleen George reading?

Today's featured contributor at Writers Read: Kathleen George, author of The Odds and Hideout.

Her entry begins:
Something about summer beach vacations (I had a sort of extended double vacation this year)—I craved family dramas. I chose The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson, a writer I had been hearing a lot about over the years, and Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan, which I ‘read’ as an audiobook. The only problem was me. Both novels deal with large families, elder daughters in troubled marriages, young men who drift, serious problems with drugs and alcohol, decades either passing or remembered, auto accidents. Both have the gift of universality: not my family but somehow my family. Mothers are...[read on]
Among the early praise for Hideout:
"An expert at handling investigative details and pacing, George makes readers care about the people who are about to confront each other. The inevitable violence hurts because it matters. Told in lean, efficient prose, this is a top-notch, emotionally satisfying police procedural."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This outstanding police procedural brings the detectives ever closer with a tense and chilling buildup, in which amorality confronts old-fashioned ethics. Can anything positive emerge from this dilemma? VERDICT: Edgar®-nominated George's (The Odds) latest entry plays to her strength: psychological character study. Once again she explores what happens when kids are forced to make their own way in a complex world."
Library Journal

"A winning combination of nuanced character study and expertly plotted, nitty-gritty police procedural."

"Not only could I not put Hideout down, I can't stop thinking about it now that I'm done. Kathleen George is not only a crack mystery writer, she is a crack writer. Period. Exciting and elegant. What a combination."
—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and Tabloid Dreams

"Hideout is exciting, suspenseful and gripping. Would make a terrific movie."
—Joseph Wambaugh

"Hideout [is] a real tour de force—it transcends the genre of thriller, though it's thrilling."
—Diane Johnson
Learn more about the book and author at Kathleen George's website.

Kathleen George is a professor of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels Taken, Fallen, Afterimage, the short story collection The Man in the Buick, scholarly theatrical books and articles, and many short stories. Her novel The Odds was an Edgar finalist for best novel.

The Page 99 Test: Afterimage.

The Page 99 Test: The Odds.

Writers Read: Kathleen George (June 2011).

The Page 69 Test: Hideout.

My Book, The Movie: Hideout.

Writers Read: Kathleen George.

--Marshal Zeringue