The Abortionist's Daughter.

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***1/2 The Abortionist's Daughter By Elisabeth Hyde An abortion clinic doctor has enemies.

Megan, a freshman partying it up in college, has just taken her second hit of Ecstasy when she hears the news. Her mother, a nationally known doctor at a small-town abortion clinic in Colorado and a parent with whom she has had a rocky relationship, has been found dead in the pool at home. As Hyde delves into the issues surrounding Diana's controversial work, questions arise about the cause of death. Just as quickly, a large number of suspects emerge, including antiabortion activists--and Megan's father.

Knopf. 304 pages. $23.95. ISBN: 0307263665

Milwaukee Jrnl Sentinel ****

"It's a complicated tale of love, family, murder and, yes, abortion.... Although the murder and exactly who committed it (and why) keep the suspense in the novel wound tight and the narrative moving briskly, Hyde's greatest achievement is in addressing the gray areas of abortion." DORMAN T. SHINDLER

Minneapolis Star Tribune ***1/2

"In the end, The Abortionist's Daughter is inconsequential but enjoyable--like a last fling before September sets in and life gets really complicated." EMILY CARTER ROIPHE

Rocky Mountain News ***1/2

"Aside from [a few] missteps ... this is a well-written and interesting, if not completely successful, story." MARY J. ELKINS

USA Today ***1/2

"Though Hyde does a terrific job fleshing out her characters and dissecting all their problems, they are, on the...

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