Okay, so this one is contemporary. In fact it's on the bestseller list. And it's a mystery. So... title and author, please:
Sherlock fell to her knees beside him. "Are you all right?"
"Yeah, yeah, I'm okay."
Savich knelt beside the girl, turned her over, and jerked off the ski mask. He looked at her young face, deathly white, mouth bloodied from biting against the pain, dark hair matted to her head. "This is one of them, Sherlock. She's only a kid." The girl moaned, her eyelashes fluttering. When her eyes opened, he stared down into her pain-glazed dark eyes. He leaned close. "What's your name?"
She spit at him.
"What's your name?" he repeated.
The kid snarled, "I'm going to kill you, shoot you in the head, watch it explode."
"Charming," Sherlock said.
"I kicked her pretty hard in the stomach. She needs an ambulance."
She was whimpering now, tears clogging in her throat, choking her, and she was saying over and over, "Mama, Mama. I want my mama."
There you have it. And good luck :-)
Congratulations to Michael (Innocent Owner of Mad Cats) for getting it right! Catherine Coulter and Knock Out. The clue would be in the character names -- Savich and Sherlock.