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The Cruel Ever After

A Jane Lawless Mystery
The Cruel Ever After: A Jane Lawless Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin's. Dec. 2010. c.336p. ISBN 9780312614768. $25.99. M
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Jane Lawless's (The Mirror and the Mask) surprise at her ex-husband Chester's appearance at her Minneapolis restaurant is nothing compared to his shock at waking up next to the body of a client to whom he was trying to sell a priceless statue stolen from Iraq. Before long there is another murder, and danger engulfs the Lawless family.
VERDICT Hart, a Lambda and Minnesota Book Award winner, has consistently maintained a level of excellence throughout her 18 Lawless mysteries. Here she explores the relationships between siblings and what happens to a family when one of the children disappears. Hart never overplays Jane's lesbianism. It is just a fact of life in this truly engaging mystery series.

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