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P. J. Parrish

 

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The fictional Kincaid spent his childhood first in Detroit and then in a foster home in Plymouth. After graduating from the U-M, he became a cop for the Ann Arbor Police Department, but he has always had his issues with authority. Over the course of seven novels he has moved up and down the country — from Miami to the fictional northern town of Loon Lake, Michigan — and in and out of various police departments and a practice as a private investigator. Through it all, as the murders have mounted around him, he has risked his life, his health, and certainly his good name to solve the crimes.

In Kincaid's most recent incarnation, a page-turner called An Unquiet Grave, he returns to Michigan to help his foster father find the body of a long-lost love. The lover's family had confined her in the Hidden Lake Sanitarium, a notoriously scary hospital for the needy and the mentally infirm, here nicely placed in the Irish Hills, a part of the state that has always seemed a bit spooky to me. The hospital has been closed, and the cemetery is about to be moved. When the long-dead lover's casket is exhumed, it is found to contain nothing but rocks.

Thus begins a byzantine but spine-tingling plot that takes Kincaid across the state, from Grosse Pointe to Saugatuck, with stops at the U-M Hospital and in Plymouth subdivisions. He meets hardworking

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