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Gerry Schmitt

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Schmitt, Gerry. Afton Tangler thriller.
Suspense fiction
New York : Berkley Books 2016.
First edition
Physical Description
325 pages ; 24 cm
Main Author
Gerry Schmitt (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

When an infant is snatched during a home invasion in a wealthy Minneapolis neighborhood, Family Liaison Officer Afton Tangler is assigned to coordinate with the parents, Richard and Susan Darden. Luckily for Afton, who is angling for a transfer to the detective squad, Max Montgomery is heading up the MPD's arm of the investigation, and he allows Afton to tag along. Max and Afton hit the bricks to track down the suspicious "reborn" dolls craftswoman Susan encountered on the day of the kidnapping and dig into corporate-espionage accusations leveled at Richard. As investigators race to respond to any lead that could take them to the infant, the kidnapper moves forward with a plot to sell the Darden child and two others. Best-selling cozy author Laura Childs writes this thriller series as Gerry Schmitt (her real name) and creates an unforgettable, pathological character in interludes from the kidnapper's perspective. In comparison, Afton's character and the investigation itself pale, but thriller fans should still keep an eye on this promising new endeavor. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Schmitt, who as New York Times best seller Laura Childs writes series like the "Tea Shop Mysteries," gets less cozy here with the story of a baby's abduction from a cushy suburb in Minnesota. Afton Tangler, family liaison officer with the Minneapolis PD, suspects that there are more abductions to come. [Page 71]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Schmitt, the author of three cozy series under her Laura Childs pseudonym, tries her hand at a thriller with mixed results. Marjorie Sorenson, a human trafficker who kidnaps babies, specializes in creating reborn dolls, constructed to eerily resemble real infants. At a doll show at a Minnesota shopping mall, Marjorie's booth attracts Susan Darden, the affluent mother of a three-month-old girl, Elizabeth Ann. Marjorie and her creepy son, Ronnie, tail Susan home, and the pair abduct Elizabeth Ann after overpowering a babysitter. Plucky family liaison officer Afton Tangler assists the frantic Susan and her husband with their trauma as the search for the child continues. Meanwhile, Afton can't help noticing that the lead FBI agent in the case is "tall and lanky with steel gray hair and warm brown eyes the color of precious amber." The denouement is both predictable and less than plausible in this tale for readers who don't mind cartoonish villains and gratuitous injections of romance into a grim and disturbing plot line. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Minneapolis P.D. family liaison officer Afton Tangler investigates the abduction of a baby from an affluent suburb on a frozen night that disturbingly reveals how the case is related to those of other stolen children. By the author of the Tea Shop Mysteries.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Minneapolis P.D. family liaison officer Afton Tangler investigates the abduction of a baby from an affluent suburb on a frozen night that disturbingly reveals how the case is related to those of other stolen children.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In the first Afton Tangler thriller, the unforgiving cold of a Minnesota winter hides the truth behind an even more chilling crime...  On a frozen night in an affluent neighborhood of Minneapolis, a baby is abducted from her home after her teenage babysitter is violently assaulted. The parents are frantic, the police are baffled, and, with the perpetrator already in the wind, the trail is getting colder by the second.   As family liaison officer with the Minneapolis P.D., it’s Afton Tangler’s job to deal with the emotional aftermath of terrible crimes—but she’s never faced a case quite as brutal as this. Each development is more heartbreaking than the last and the only lead is a collection of seemingly unrelated clues.   But, most disturbing of all, Afton begins to suspect that this case is not isolated.  Whoever did this has taken babies before—and if Afton doesn’t solve this crime soon, more children are sure to go missing . . .