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by Debi Alper
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, January 2005
256 pages
ISBN: 0297829912

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Many people are influenced by something known as the 'broken window theory.' It states that if someone were to see a broken window left unrepaired, that person may assume that no one gives a damn about the place and that no one is actually in charge. There are some sociologists who believe that this is a way to understand the root of crime and those at Boddington Heights fall under that category.

However, that is not the way former drug addict and Boddington resident Jo Cooper lives her life. She believes in helping other people and is often a Good Samaritan, regardless of the consequences. She believes in good karma and now she is about to be tested in ways she never expected or understood.

It is during an outing to Brighton beach that she encounters Tatiana, a young woman who is running for her life. She lets herself be helped by Jo but she refuses to let anyone know what is going on. As Jo does her own personal investigation, she becomes involved with the Russian mob and finds out that she is way over her head.

She will get a peek into man's inhumanity towards other men, looking for an answer that is nowhere to be found. It is where the solution is bigger than the problem and she will be forced to make some sacrifices no one should ever have to make.

In TRADING TATIANA, Debi Alper explores the underbelly of the beast by going into the seedy side of crime where the reader will come face to face with illegal immigration, child prostitution, and human trafficking. Alper engages the reader with quirky characters who provide some humor in a dark atmosphere and make the reading more enjoyable.

There are times that the author uses her novel as a soapbox for her own personal views without showing much in regards to the facts. She relies heavily on emotion to try to make her point. If you are willing to get past this you might enjoy this read. It was an unexpected pleasure.

Reviewed by Angel L. Soto, December 2005

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