THREAD OF DECEIT
This heartwarming novel brings together people from all walks of life who try to help a lost child with little regard for themselves. Palmer knows how to write about a sensitive subject with wisdom and kindness.
Ana Burns does not want to do a story on lead paint at Haven; she wants a story with more guts than fluff. When she meets Flora, a girl in obvious pain, she may have found a story worth writing about. Sam Hawke doesn't want Ana writing about the lead paint. He's already in the weeds, and this story just might close his community center for good. It's the one place all these troubled kids can come to feel safe for a few hours. When he sees Ana getting though to Flora, he realizes that he may have been wrong about her intent. (Steeple Hill, May, 288 pp., $13.95)