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Title:
Unattached
ISBN:
9780878398003
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First edition.
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283 pages ; 23 cm
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Keeping children safe isn't just a job for Terrance County Social Worker Leah Danco. After she's taken care of the children of the county, she heads home to help keep her drug-dealing brother out of jail, her paranoid mother out of the psychiatric ward, and herself away from the constant draw of the whiskey bottle. There is simply no energy left to think about letting a man in her life. Leah's resistance doesn't stop Detective Pete Kemper from trying. The life of every party, Kemp has charmed confessions out of more offenders than they can count. While investigating child abuse cases, Leah and Kemp aren't afraid to blow off some steam together behind closed doors. But when Kemp wants more, Leah is afraid of breaking her rule that she must remain alone and unattached at all costs. When two children are horrifically abused in what look like unrelated cases, Kemp and Leah are forced to work together to find justice. Explosive revelations follow that push Leah closer to the booze she has avoided for years and further away from friends, family, and especially Kemp. With everything else in her life falling apart, Leah turns back to what matters most: finding justice and some semblance of peace for those who were hurt. The further she investigates, the more her own life is at risk--and the more she learns that her life is full of people who won't let her take those risks alone.
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Keeping children safe isn't just a job for Terrance County Social Worker Leah Danco. After she's taken care of the children of the county, she heads home to help keep her drug-dealing brother out of jail, her paranoid mother out of the psychiatric ward, and herself away from the constant draw of the whiskey bottle. There is simply no energy left to think about letting a man in her life. Leah's resistance doesn't stop Detective Pete Kemper from trying. The life of every party, Kemp has charmed confessions out of more offenders than they can count. While investigating child abuse cases, Leah and Kemp aren't afraid to blow off some steam together behind closed doors. But when Kemp wants more, Leah is afraid of breaking her rule that she must remain alone and unattached at all costs. When two children are horrifically abused in what look like unrelated cases, Kemp and Leah are forced to work together to find justice. Explosive revelations follow that push Leah closer to the booze she has avoided for years and further away from friends, family, and especially Kemp. With everything else in her life falling apart, Leah turns back to what matters most: finding justice and some semblance of peace for those who were hurt. The further she investigates, the more her own life is at riskâand the more she learns that her life is full of people who won't let her take those risks alone.


Author Notes

Kristin Lee Johnson has been a child protection social worker for nearly twenty years and draws from that experience to write her novels. Born and raised in Brookings, South Dakota, she currently lives in Red Wing, Minnesota, with her husband and four children.


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Kirkus Review

A social worker's troubled past threatens her livelihood. Roger and Beverly Danco's first love had always been Star Wars. Their second was drugsweed, pills, LSD. Their third might have been each other, leaving no room at all for their two kids. It's no surprise that as adults, both Leah and Luke have developed addictions of their own. The tough older sister has beaten back the booze and now works for Terrance County Human Services, pulling kids out of homes no worse than hers was. Younger brother Luke is another story: his using and dealing are out of control. When things get too hot for him at his place, he holes up at Leah's. Stressed by her needy brother and her relentless job, Leah decompresses courtesy of an affair with Pete Kemper, a cop who helps Human Services investigate abuse cases. But Leah's childhood attachment issues keep Kemp at arm's length. Worse yet, two of their joint cases go south. Baby Ben is airlifted to the hospital covered with bruises, bones broken. It seems a slam-dunk that mom's drunken boyfriend is to blame. But questions about whether Kemp read him his Miranda rights block Human Services' legal team from pushing the case forward. Even worse, Kemp and Leah's investigation of the rape of a high school student gets derailed when the trail leads a little too close to home. Leah's co-workers try to protect her, especially Amanda Danscher, the newest member of the team, whose checkered past rivals Leah's. But Leah needs to close her cases fast before her personal and professional woes send her right back into the bottle. Johnson (Unprotected, 2012) draws on 20 years' experience as a child protection worker in this chilling look at the darker side of childhood. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


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