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The Amateur Historian: A Thriller by Julian Cole
Cover Artist: Photo: iStockphoto / Eric Vega
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312586591
Date: 22 June 2010 List Price $23.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

In 1901, there was an impoverished nine-year-old, Esme Percy, who lived in York, England; the poor, undernourished waif died under mysterious circumstances. In present day York, an amateur history enthusiast studies Esme's photograph and obsesses over her death; his perverted sense of justice leads him to abduct an eight-year-old girl, Polly Markham, from an upper middle class family. Two brothers who are as opposite as day and night, Private Investigator Rick Rounder and Chief Inspector Sam Rounder, must set aside their differences and locate the missing Polly. Meanwhile, Rick's life is endangered by those who blame him for not preventing the death of another young girl, Tanya Smitten, who was killed by her stepfather.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Rick Rounder returns to his hometown a decade after failing to save a young girl from her suicidal father. He sets up as a private eye, much to the envy of his policeman brother Sam, who has risen up the ranks to chief. The two brothers square up across the sibling divide as they are both drawn into the case of a missing girl.

But the case gets more complicated as Rick's past catches up with him, and the only clues that the brothers have, relate to a girl who lived--and died--in poverty one hundred years ago. The amateur historian has one last lesson to teach.

(Source: Minotaur Books)

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