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Kathleen George, . . St. Martin?s Minotaur/Dunne, $24.95 (306pp) ISBN 978-0-312-37249-1

George’s solid third Pittsburgh thriller (after 2004’s Fallen ) introduces rookie detective Colleen Greer to the homicide squad. Cmdr. Richard Christie is unsure of inexperienced, overeager Greer, but they hit the ground running after a woman is brutally murdered. Greer recognizes the victim as Laura McCall, the wife of David Hoffman, who ran a counseling center where Greer had been employed. McCall was separated from Hoffman and dating another man, making Hoffman the detectives’ prime suspect. When Hoffman reaches out to Greer, her cop instincts take precedence over their past friendship, but she still isn’t sure of his guilt. When a second body turns up, again with ties to Hoffman’s clinic, Greer tries to tap into her intuition and unexpectedly finds herself attracted to her very married boss. George leaves enough balls in the air that fans will eagerly await Christie and Greer’s next case. (Dec.)