Origin: A Novel
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"Finally, a novel of literary suspense that gets almost everything right—forensically and psychologically." —Sarah Weinman, Baltimore Sun
Secretly, in her heart of hearts, Lena Dawson hides the strangest of beliefs about her childhood. Hiding behind a cool competence as a superb fingerprint analyst in a crime lab in snowy Syracuse, New York, she feels totally out of place in the ordinary world of human interaction. Especially since the controlling husband who guided and protected her, then cheated and left her (though now he wants her back). Her uncanny ability to read a crime scene draws her into investigating a mysterious series of crib deaths—but ultimately the most difficult puzzle she must solve is the one of her own origins.
Diana Abu-Jaber, a “gifted and graceful writer” (Chicago Tribune), masterfully “transcends formula” (Kirkus Reviews) as “the tension of Origin escalates, shaped as much by beautifully nuanced prose as menacing events” (New York Daily News).
From Publishers Weekly
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I personally really enjoyed this book. Diana did a wonderful job with setting and developing characters. The main character, Lena Dawson is a fingerprint examiner, which gives the reader a different perspective, than typical sorties. This made the book a lot more interesting. Totally recommended to anyone who enjoys dark, mysterious stories. This is surely a tale that I will not forget.
- Category: Women Sleuths
- Published: May 17, 2008
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
- Seller: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
- Print Length: 384 Pages
- Language: English