The pros say that after 36 hours the trail of a missing person gets cold. But when the missing person is your husband a Minneapolis police officer on his way to Quantico for FBI training who has disappeared without a clue, and you're an experienced missing-persons investigator, you head down that cold trail, hoping against hope to beat the odds. That's what Sarah Pribek, a smart, steady-nerved detective in the Hennepin County Sheriff's office, does in Jodi Compton's intricately plotted debut dazzler, The 37th Hour, deftly read by Bernadette Quigley. This is serious crime fiction, with multilayered flashbacks that flesh out complex characters whose confounded emotions ring true. There are no clichés, no heart-pounding chases, but there is true suspense. Let's hope we'll hear more from this new kid on the crime scene.

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