One of Our Own: Book summary and reviews of One of Our Own by Jane Haddam

One of Our Own

Gregor Demarkian #30

by Jane Haddam

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One of Our Own by Jane Haddam
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2020
    272 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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In Jane Haddam's One of Our Own, Gregor Demarkian, former FBI agent and police consultant, returns for his final case - a surprising murder and an attempted murder, which threaten the safety of his Philadelphia neighborhood.

A mysterious black van is spotted by several people at various times in the area around Cavanaugh Street, Philadelphia's Armenian-American enclave. Presumed by some to be related to the increasing ICE raids around the area, the mystery deepens one night when a body falls out of the back of the van when speeding through the neighborhood.

Marta Warkowski, a reclusive older woman, is found bound up in a garbage bag after it falls out of the van. In a coma, Warkowski is unable to tell police how she ended up as she did. When they go to search her apartment, the police find the dead body of her building's super, a man with whom she has a history of conflict. How did she end up in garbage bag in the back of a mysterious van? How did he end up dead in her locked apartment? What does all of this have to do with the real estate holdings of infamous local developer, Cary Alder?

Gregor Demarkian, former FBI agent and consultant, is ready to retire. He and his wife Bennis have agreed to foster a child, Javier, with a mysterious past and limited language skills. But he is pulled in once again, for a final case, to uncover the truth about the murder―and attempted murder―on Cavanaugh Street.

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"[E]xcellent...As always, Haddam cleverly integrates political issues such as illegal immigration and affordable housing into an intricate and gripping plot. This is a fitting coda to the career of one of America's best contemporary fair play authors." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] fitting sunset vehicle for Haddam, a pseudonym for Orania Papazoglou, who died in 2019 and is memorialized in a brief, glowing afterword. One last testament to the importance of community in maintaining the values that make America great, or at least human." - Kirkus Reviews

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Jane Haddam Author Biography

Jane Haddam (b. 1951) is an American author of mysteries. Born Orania Papazoglou, she worked as a college professor and magazine editor before publishing her Edgar Award-nominated first novel, Sweet, Savage Death, in 1984. Not a Creature Was Stirring (1990) introduced Haddam's best-known character, former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian, a series that spans more than twenty novels.

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