No Place Safe: A Family Memoir by Kim Reid

By Kim Reid

Among 1979 and 1981, twenty-nine kids disappeared from the streets of Atlanta. during this compelling memoir, Kim Reid grows up within the shadow of her mother's activity as an investigator at the lacking and Murdered young children case.

Thirteen-year-old Kim Reid won't ever overlook the summer time of 1979. whilst she isn't pondering boys, make-up, and beginning highschool within the fall, she's busy caring for her little sister whereas her unmarried mother works as a cop. via midsummer, the invention of 2 murdered youth alongside a quiet Atlanta street alterations everything.

School begins back, yet having fewer youngsters at the streets doesn't cease the killer. extra kids disappear, silently vanishing from the skating rink and sidewalks she on a regular basis visits, and Kim quickly learns there isn't any position secure. whilst her mom is assigned to a distinct activity strength created to resolve the murders, bringing her paintings domestic and changing into preoccupied together with her more and more high-profile task, Kim feels existence unraveling. It turns into more and more tricky to straddle worlds: her local now not faraway from the place a number of sufferers are came across, and her filthy rich inner most college the place she feels faraway from the chance. Teetering at the verge of collapse among woman and girl, Kim is torn among becoming in and discovering her personal voice; among turning into robust and clinging to the final strains of her adolescence.

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Some professions can’t be gone into half-assed. Some require being called to them, like giving your life to the church or the throne or the mob. To be successful at those jobs, it should be something you feel in your bones is the thing you have to do, or someone has to catch you at a young age and groom you into it. Being a cop should be the same way, but that’s not exactly how it was for my mother. It was the man who’d stalked Ma that convinced her to become a cop in the first place. She’d been working a combination of part-time jobs that barely paid the rent, kept the lights on, and filled our stomachs—usually as a bookkeeper or an apartment-leasing agent.

The last time he was seen he’d gone to pay a bill for his mother at a bank two miles from home. I’d completed similar grown-folk’s tasks for Ma, usually dropping off a payment at a branch downtown before I changed buses between school and home. The bike he’d borrowed from a friend to run the errand had been found behind a tree in some woods along the route between his home and the bank. The bank said he’d completed the transaction, so someone got him on his way back home. The police 28 No Place Safe Kim Reid didn’t think he’d run away.

I didn’t say anything, only thought how different it was at my school, where the football game was everything, where the team ran the show because they had a tradition of going to the state finals every year since dirt was created. The band had no soul and I was certain no one at the school had ever seen a step show, much less knew what one was. In my head, I kept hearing, Who brought disco? ” It was an attempt to keep the conversation from returning to her not going to the game. Or she may have asked because she was like an old person that way, bringing up the news or talking about the weather the way old people do when there’s nothing else to say.

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