The Abortionist's Daughter

The Abortionist's Daughter

eBook - 2006
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Two weeks before Christmas, Diana Duprey, an outspoken abortion doctor, is found dead in her swimming pool. A national figure, Diana inspired passion and ignited tempers, but never more so than the day of her death. Her husband Frank, a longtime attorney in the DA's office; her daughter Megan, a freshman in college; the Reverend Stephen O'Connell, founder of the town's pro-life coalition: all of them quarreled with Diana that day and each one has something to lose in revealing the truth. Meanwhile the detective on the case struggles for the answers -- and finds himself more intimately involved than he ever could have imagined.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2006.
ISBN: 9780307265487
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 25 cm.


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csbryant Apr 17, 2011

This book was a pretty big disappointment. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but this was not it. It wasn’t an awful book, if it had been I wouldn’t have finished it, but it wasn’t good either. It was pretty mundane, for lack of a better word.

Essentially, the book was about the murder of a well-known abortion provider in a small town. Now, you would think that such a plot would give way to at least a little bit of controversy, but there was next to none. Both sides of the abortion debate were addressed, albeit briefly, but that was the end of that.

The plot was pretty shallow. Nothing was ever really explained. For a murder mystery, which I didn’t realize I was picking up, there was not a whole lot of mystery. Most of the book sees the detectives focusing their investigation on someone who is clearly not the culprit, while completely dismissing the obvious killer. Hyde could have done a lot more with this.

The book’s one redeeming factor is the detailed recap of the doctors last moments alive. Those few pages at the very end of the book contained the book’s best writing. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.

Nov 04, 2007

Ok but I thought the plot was obvious.

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