Simple (Hardcover)

By Kathleen George

Minotaur Books, 9780312569143, 322pp.

Publication Date: August 21, 2012

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"If anyone's writing better police thrillers than George, I don't know who it is."

"Entertainment Weekly"

Nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel for "The Odds," Kathleen George has received raves from all corners for her Pittsburgh-set police procedural series. Now, in "Simple, "series detective Colleen Greer is back in this stunning.

Cassie Price is thrilled when she's hired to work at one of Pittsburgh's most prestigious law firms. Young, pretty, and from a sheltered background, Cassie's new life as an adult now includes meeting rich and powerful people, and she may even be having a mysterious affair. But when her lifeless body is discovered, the police are stumped. Suspicion falls on a neighborhood handyman, but Detective Colleen Greer and her boss, Commander Richard Christie, are not sure. The detectives discover that what seem like the easiest cases are actually the most complicated.

With fantastic series characters and a compelling story, Kathleen George again proves herself to be a master of the police procedural in "Simple.

About the Author

KATHLEEN GEORGE is the author of The Odds, which was

nominated in 2010 for the Edgar for Best Novel. She is also the

editor of the short story collection Pittsburgh Noir. A professor

of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh, she and her husband

live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Praise For Simple

Praise for Simple "What most distinguishes this police procedural... is its fully realized cast of characters, a close-knit group of detectives who deal with shades of gray in crime-solving. George’s deft prose, skillful plotting, and winning characters are reminiscent of Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series, and her fiction is almost as praiseworthy."
--Booklist (starred) 

"So richly observed, subtly characterized, precisely written—her syncopated paragraphs are a special delight—and successful in its avoidance of genre clichés that you’d swear you were reading the first police procedural ever written."--Kirkus Reviews (starred) 

Praise for Hideout


"Hideout barrels like a locomotive.  The fast-paced suspense pulls you along for the ride."

--Kathy Reichs


““Stellar… Told in lean, efficient prose, this is a top-notch, emotionally satisfying police procedural.”

--Publishers Weekly


“Outstanding… Would appeal to Dennis Tafoya and Tana French readers.”

--Library Journal


“A winning combination of nuanced character study and expertly plotted, nitty-gritty police procedural.”



Praise for The Odds


“George is, above all else, a master storyteller.”

--Pittsburgh Magazine


“A masterfully plotted crime novel.”

--Pohla Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Praise for Taken


“I will read anything that Kathleen George writes.”

--George P. Pelecanos