Alison Gaylin has presented an interesting spin on the character of a private investigator in her novel, "And She Was." (Harper, 355 pages)
Brenna Spector has an amazing gift for a missing persons investigator - she has perfect memory. But while she can remember events years later,
memory is more than simple recall, it is heavily influenced by an individual's perspective.
Despite her autobiographical memory, she is nonetheless limited by her subjective experiences.
When called in to investigate the disappearance of Carol Wentz, Brenna is struck by the odd coincidence that Wentz was the last person to see six-year-old Iris Neff wander off from a neighborhood Labor Day cookout and disappear.
Brenna Spector is stunned to learn that Carol Wentz shared her obsession with finding the child. What ensues is a very complicated missing persons investigation.
Brenna Spector is a most extraordinary sleuth with an endearing blend of eccentricity and vulnerability. She has won the hearts of such esteemed writers as Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben.