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The Black Hour

Rader-Day, Lori (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Black Hour
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"For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why? All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She's thirty-eight and hobbles with a cane. Her first student interaction ends in tears (hers). Her fellow faculty members seem uncomfortable with her, and her ex--whom she may or may not still love--has moved on. Enter Nathaniel Barber, a graduate student obsessed with Chicago's violent history. Nath is a serious scholar, but also a serious mess about his first heartbreak, his mother's death, and his father's disapproval. Assigned as Amelia's teaching assistant, Nath also takes on the investigative legwork that Amelia can't do. And meanwhile, he's hoping she'll approve his dissertation topic, the reason he came to grad school in the first place: the student attack on Amelia Emmet. Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of their lives"
Authors: Rader-Day, Lori, 1973-
Title: The black hour
Publisher: Amherst, NY :, Seventh Street Books,, 2014
Summary: "For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why? All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She's thirty-eight and hobbles with a cane. Her first student interaction ends in tears (hers). Her fellow faculty members seem uncomfortable with her, and her ex--whom she may or may not still love--has moved on. Enter Nathaniel Barber, a graduate student obsessed with Chicago's violent history. Nath is a serious scholar, but also a serious mess about his first heartbreak, his mother's death, and his father's disapproval. Assigned as Amelia's teaching assistant, Nath also takes on the investigative legwork that Amelia can't do. And meanwhile, he's hoping she'll approve his dissertation topic, the reason he came to grad school in the first place: the student attack on Amelia Emmet. Together and at cross-purposes, Amelia and Nathaniel stumble toward a truth that will explain the attack and take them both through the darkest hours of their lives"
ISBN: 9781616148850
1616148853
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY RADER...L
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For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why?... Read More »


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Aug 22, 2014
  • sheilamcashman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book was a real page-turner. i don't usually like mysteries, but my friend recommended this book to me. i loved it!

Aug 19, 2014
  • sheilabelle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book! I like finding a new author that I like. I hope there are more coming!

Aug 19, 2014
  • CryMSanchez rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I bought this book off Amazon and I didn't really think it was worth the $10. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't that great either. I saw what was coming way ahead of time and I didn't really like the professor. I found Nath chapters way more interesting and just a better character. Amelia reminds me of "House" and I thought she tried too hard.

Aug 03, 2014
  • triciadavid rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Saw the reviews in Chicago Magazine and NYT Book Review, and this book did not disappoint! Rich characters and plot, and many surprising twists. I could not put this book down!

Jul 25, 2014
  • kwhit14 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Loved the first half of the book, then if kind of fell off into mundane details.

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