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HIDEOUT by Kathleen George

HIDEOUT

By Kathleen George

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-56913-6
Publisher: Minotaur

A slow night in Pittsburgh turns deadly.

Amped up on crack, booze and weed, Ryan Rutter aims his truck at a woman walking through the park but badly miscalculates. Instead of just scaring her, he hits her head on, then at the urging of his passenger, his younger brother Jack, flees the scene, heading for a vacation cabin at Sugar Lake that their family rented for two weeks until Jensen, the owner, kicked them out for trashing it. The next day, Jack, the more temperate of the boys, finds work to get them food and gas money while Ryan, antsy, decides burglary is just the ticket and winds up with another death on his hands. Detective Colleen Greer catches the first case. With some unsought help from her supervisor Richard Christie, she begins making inquiries. When Jensen shows up at the cabin, Ryan waylays him and threatens him with the man’s own hunting rifle. Worse yet, when Addie, the neighbor who offered Jack an odd job or two, comes by, Ryan jeopardizes her too. Greer, Christie and a plethora of competing law officers from neighboring districts eventually get leads on the boys, put out APBs and close in on them, but not before Ryan, unbeknownst to Jack, opens the gas stove jets to eliminate the pair of witnesses.

Cops getting territorial and sexually frisky (The Odds, 2009, etc.) play second string to Jack, who’s caught up in trying to redeem his brother, and Addie, who makes a mean spaghetti sauce.