I read this book about 31-Oct-2007. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2002. This note was last modified Wednesday, 07-Nov-2007 10:50:55 PST.
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Second of the Aud Torvingen books.
She's recovering from the death of her new lover (which is arguably her fault, and she feels that strongly), when a friend convinces her to go find his runaway girlfriend. Which gets her hooked in to an abusive guy that's having a 9-year-old groomed to be his child bride, and an agency specializing in the import and training of such children. She doesn't kill anybody all book (well, one vegetable, but he was alive at the end of the book).
Along the way she has to deal with her lack of connection to other people, partly because of a promise to her dead lover. So a lot of character angst, but not out of proportion to what is going / has gone on.
And there's a third one, which I will probably read.