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White Male Infant, Barbara D'Amato, Forge, $24.95.

White Male Infant by Barbara D'Amato

One of the strongest books of the year, this is about the heartbreaking journey Manhattan physician Dooley McSweeney takes when he finds his beloved adopted son can't have come from the place he thought he'd come from. Dooley chases a trail that leads him all the way from Manhattan to Russia. D'Amato tells the story in an unsentimental style that will, all the same, break your heart. This writer's suspense gifts just get sharper as time goes by - and she manages to keep you on the edge of your seat without any unnecessary gore.

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