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By Gillian Roberts

"FULL OF PLEASURES . . . Roberts supplies Amanda an appealingly dry wit."
--Publishers Weekly
While educating summer time institution at unique Philly Prep, English instructor Amanda Pepper feels a feeling of foreboding. First, a analyzing of Romeo and Juliet prompts a few very unusual chemistry. Then the pc technology instructor starts off receiving nameless go-back-to-Africa cellphone calls. a tender Vietnamese boy dies in a drive-by taking pictures. And overdue one evening, open air a Chinatown therapeutic massage parlor, pupil April Tuong is kidnapped.
Random violence? maybe. yet Amanda refuses to permit light April vanish with no not less than asking a couple of questions, beginning in her personal school room. but the reality, whilst she reveals it, is appalling, lethal, and masses too with regards to domestic. . . .
"Tart-tongued, warm-hearted Amanda's 5th case is as attractive as her others, and the following she will get to do extra detection than usual."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Gillian Roberts is a secret reader's dream come true."
--Lia Matera

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