By Michael Z. Lewin
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805062250, 528pp.)
Publication Date: September 1999
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"Show some respect, young man...Just what was this young woman to you?" Jackie looked into the nurse's pinkface. "Nance was the best friend I ever had," she said. "The only friend I ever had."
Jackie is Jack Cross to everyone except Nance, a Wild West show trick shooter in turn-of-the-century New York who has her own secrets to hide. A slick-fielding second baseman with a good bat, Jackie must never drop her disguise if she is to continue to play professional baseball. But when Nance is murdered by a knife-thrower who does know Jackie's secret, the young ballplayer takes off on a transatlantic chase that changes her life.
Set on two continents, in three different time-periods, with a fascinating cast of characters including Buffalo Bill Cody, Jack the Ripper, and a musical star named Ruby the Red who has still another hidden life, Cutting Loose is a multi-layered page-turner filled with insights and surprises.
Michael Z. Lewin is the award-winning author of ten adult detective novels. He always seeks new challenges, and when he realized that Jackie's story was about a young woman coming of age, he set out to write his first book specifically for younger readers. Born in the United States, he now resides in England.