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Fair Game [Mass Market Paperback]

Rochelle Majer Krich , Doreen Owens Malek
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Sept. 1 1994
"No cause for alarm", says Detective Jessie Drake on the evening news. "Be alert and wary of unfamiliar faces, lock your doors. We have several leads..". But as the newly appointed departmental spokesperson, Jessie knows full well that there are no leads. At least no sane leads. Just insane clues, left by a serial killer who is as playfully clever as he is cunningly dangerous. Five victims have been murdered thus far. Five different neighborhoods. The only link between them is the cause of death: each died by a lethal injection of curare. The police are stymied. Not since Spider Woman has anybody used curare, blow dart poison, as a murder weapon of choice. As the odd and mystifyingly obscure clues mount, something begins to click in Jessie's mind. Why do some of the bodies have bank deposit slips and money attached to them while one bears a parking ticket, of all things? Jessie can't quite put her finger on the connection. It's something from her childhood, something so familiar....Suddenly, Jessie figures it out, and she is stunned by the killer's twisted brilliance: the game he is playing is all too real. The gameboard is the city of Los Angeles and the winner claims his prize in blood.

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In this first-rate page-turner, an apparently ordinary man, who as a child was forced to play board games with his bullying father, vents his rage in murders that seem to occur without pattern or motivation and baffle the police. LAPD Homicide detective Jessie Drake catches on to the killer's methods (to the obvious dismay of some of her male colleagues on the force), but remains powerless to predict his next move. Quick cuts from the killer's premeditations to murder scenes and to Jessie's investigation build a palpable tension. Anthony Award-winning Krich ( Till Death Do Us Part ) adds deft explorations of Jessie's failed marriage, her difficult childhood and current family relationships, subtly comparing the emotional histories of many in the cast, from criminal to cop. Recognizable characters, accelerating action and an intriguing plot combine with an open-ended resolution of Jessie's personal life to comfort readers with the suggestion of future installments.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The psycho du jour is the Curare Killer, whose victims--there are nearly a dozen by the final fade-out--are determined by the moves in a popular board game that his nemesis, Detective Jessie Drake, dopes out a third of the way through Krich's hardcover debut. The use of the game-playing pattern passes belief, but it's more ingenious and compelling than anything else here. The police procedure and the suspense created by that other game between author and reader are competent enough, but the revelation that the killer was psychologically abused by his father is compounded by the news that Jessie was abused by her father too. Even the nephew who's visiting her has been abused--and Jessie's slowness in picking up the clues here doesn't bode well for her later career. Clever in its central conceit, though otherwise forgettable. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, well written, original story Sept. 14 2001
Format:Hardcover
A friend lent me this book, and thought I would enjoy the plot. I am, I admit, a lover of thrillers and read this in one day.

A strange killer is on the moves (pun intended), and a woman detective (Jessie Drake) must identify him before it is too late. Will Jessie save her sister's marriage, and will she find the Curare Killer before he strikes again... Romance can not be avoided, as in most thrillers, but it at least is plausible and believable. Of course, the inevitable happens, the plot does get a little predictable, nevertheless the suspense is there all the way. Definitely deserves five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 8 2001
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Format:Hardcover
I ran across this book and decided to give it a shot even though I wasn't familiar with the author. I was not disappointed. The characters are wonderful and by the end of the book, you feel like you know them all as friends. There are nice twists throughout the book and it never bogs down. It's a great read. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars kinda slow & long, 3 1/2 stars March 25 2012
By Sam Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I got this as a free book on kindle. It was written in the 80's so was definitely was outdated and like taking a walk down memory lane. The book was pretty slow and drawn out. Their were little side stories with the assistant Meg and Tim's partner Cope and his wife which were nice to read. The love story between Tim and Ashley was okay, again it was drawn off through the whole book. half way through and they still were dancing around each other. The characters seemed to be developed and the scenery and places they visited on the campaign trail were very interesting and easy to read. Thats one of the reasons I kept reading, that and too finally see what happens in the end. It was a little too long. Ashley's boyfriend or ex-boyfriend name was Jim, which was too close to her new love interest Tim. it got confusing at times. All in all it was an okay book. I won't be reading it again but if you are looking for a little romance, little action and a 'who dun-it' mystery from the 80's than give this book a try.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 8 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I ran across this book and decided to give it a shot even though I wasn't familiar with the author. I was not disappointed. The characters are wonderful and by the end of the book, you feel like you know them all as friends. There are nice twists throughout the book and it never bogs down. It's a great read. I highly recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, well written, original story Sept. 14 2001
By Francesca Jourdan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A friend lent me this book, and thought I would enjoy the plot. I am, I admit, a lover of thrillers and read this in one day.

A strange killer is on the moves (pun intended), and a woman detective (Jessie Drake) must identify him before it is too late. Will Jessie save her sister's marriage, and will she find the Curare Killer before he strikes again... Romance can not be avoided, as in most thrillers, but it at least is plausible and believable. Of course, the inevitable happens, the plot does get a little predictable, nevertheless the suspense is there all the way. Definitely deserves five stars.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! March 7 2012
By Jbooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Entertaining and in depth characters. Was hard to put down and hated when the book ended. Well worth your time to read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monopoly game piece error? June 13 2008
By Bobby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a great mystery -- kept me entertained all the way through. But I have one question for the author. She referred to the different colors of Monopoly playing pieces: "He sat in the chair that was usually his and placed two pieces on Go. Purple was his father's favorite. He took it for himself and gave his father the yellow." Isn't Monopoly played with the well-known "tokens" -- hat, dog, race car, etc.?
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