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Liberty or death : a Thea Kozak mystery
Flora, Kate, 1949-
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First edition.
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New York : Forge, 2003.
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335 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Thea Kozak is a woman who has prided herself on always being the strong one in a crisis. While she's usually not the one that starts the process, she seems to always be the one to clean up the messes--and she's had practice at it. She survived her husband's death and her sister's brutal murder and not only came through with her mind and heart intact, but has used that pain to help others. Thea is a tough yet tender-minded woman who--through twists of fate, some spectacular bits of bad timing, and her refusal to walk away from someone in trouble--has had her share of dead bodies and heartache cross her path.

Liberty or Death is the sixth Thea Kozak mystery. Thea is as strong as ever, and she will need every bit of that strength. This trouble is not of Thea's own choosing... and it threatens everything she values.

Thea is minutes away from finally marrying her long-time love Andre Lemieux--the state trooper who helped her discover the truth about her sister's death, and the one person Thea can rely on to be strong for her. But Thea is left standing at the altar, and brought horrible news of Andre's capture by forces unknown. The last place he was seen was near a small town in Maine that is a hotbed of right-wing conspiracy theorists... and lots of people with twitchy trigger fingers.

Thea knows she shouldn't get involved. Let the professionals do their job. Her job, for once, is to wait... and to pray. But that doesn't sit too well with a woman who has taken pride in being in control of much of her life and who has triumphed over adversities that would make a battle-weary veteran sag.

And when the other half of your heart is threatened, safety and self-preservation--and maybe even sanity--take a backseat.

Author Notes

Kate Flora is an accomplished attorney who has worked as an assistant attorney general in Maine, representing the Department of Human Services in child protection. She is a former president of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime and is currently the national president of that organization. Liberty or Death is the sixth title in the Thea Kozak mystery series. She resides in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Patrick Henry would be proud to have his famous words used in the title of such a well-crafted, sincere book, the sixth in the Thea Kozak series (Chosen for Death, etc.). Private school consultant Thea, newly pregnant, faces perhaps the biggest crisis of her career on her wedding day-when the police inform her that a militia group has kidnapped the groom, longtime beau State Trooper Andre Lemieux, and is demanding that one of its members be released from jail. Thea's first reaction is panic, but soon she calms down enough to ask what she can do to help. The cops don't want her interfering, but they know her stubborn streak won't be placated so they enlist her aid. She assumes the character of Dora McCusick, who's supposed to be on the run from an abusive husband, and goes to Merchantville, Maine, to become a police spy. Thea/Dora gets a job waitressing at Mother Theresa's Restaurant, where she's supposed to be a "fly on the wall" and simply listen for tidbits of militia information while waiting tables. But as those who have read other books in this series know, she'll cross that line and make some members of the local militia suspicious. True-to-life dialogue and realistic characterization drive this novel of heartbreak and reward. It will please old Thea fans and make plenty of new ones. (Jan. 8) Forecast: Though it's been a few years since the last in the series, Death in Paradise (1998), blurbs from Laura Lippman, William G. Tapply and S.J. Rozan, plus the author's status as the 2003 national president of Sisters in Crime, should ensure sales comparable to those for previous titles. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Thea Kozack (An Educated Death) is about to marry her state policeman love, Andre Lemieux, but members of a Maine terrorist group kidnap him, demanding the release of a political prisoner. Despite her pregnancy, Thea works undercover as a waitress in an ultraconservative, backwater town in the hopes of overhearing anything that might save her man. Emotionally frazzled and physically challenged, Thea regularly struggles against verbal threats, ignorance, and petty belligerence, but one particularly mean redneck seems especially intent on following her. Believable characters, solid prose, and nerve-wracking plot recommend this to most collections. [Author Flora will be the 2003 national president of Sisters in Crime, an organization of women mystery writers.-Ed.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.