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Although it gets off to an uncertain start, this first mystery boasts an appealing female detective and a few good shocks delivered close to the end. Three children's bodies are found near a reclusive community of eccentrics not too many miles from San Francisco. Young cop Casey Martinelli and her embittered, tyrannical partner Alonzo Hawkins think they've identified the perfect suspect in Vaun Adams, the community's resident artist, who once was convicted of murdering a child and who is secretive even by the standards of her weird neighbors. Adams is a strong, enigmatic creation: haunted, gothic and broadly dysfunctional, with a dark past that may contain the lurking killer. But the plot exhibits cracks--a tenuous piece of deduction conveniently dictates that the murder suspects can come only from the community--and King stumbles several times in developing her detectives' characters. She is coy about revealing the gender of Casey's lover (most readers will spot the "surprise" a mile off), and she lets Hawkins' initially gruff manner dissipate within a dozen pages. If King plans a series, she will need to flesh out her protagonists.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An omniscient narrator endows this amazing first novel with intelligence, intrigue, and intricacy. The serial murders of three kindergarten-aged girls test the uncomfortable relationship between a crusty San Francisco detective and his new female partner, both known for their independence. Eventually, unforeseen complications involving a remarkable artist's past and an evil stalker's secretive present force the pair into confrontation, and they learn to trust. This work exhibits strong psychological undertones, compelling urgency, and dramatic action. A necessary purchase and a writer to watch.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Do you enjoy great writing for its own sake? Then this book is for you. But I was dissapointed with the story. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by Kathryn R. Sullivan
This is a mystery with very little mystery -- the killer is revealed fairly early in the book, and there is no challenge or excitement in trying to guess who it is, since no real... Read morePublished on April 4 2003
This is a good mystery. The setting is is unique and the mystery within a mystery is compelling. Why would someone do such horrible things? Read morePublished on March 7 2003 by Mrs. M.
Iï¿½m such a fan of Laurie King that I canï¿½t quite believe that Iï¿½ve never read her Kate Martinelli series. Read morePublished on March 3 2003 by Laurie Fletcher
I really enjoyed this book but the ending was a bit far-fetched. I can let the lover's involvement slide but I know that a cop would never allow her own home to be used in an... Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2002 by "2hoo"
I picked up this book by accident looking for something to do. I hadn't read a novel in years. Surprisingly within the first few chapters all I could think of was the book. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2001 by "bqbambi"
I really wanted to like this one because King's Mary Russell books are so extraordinarily good. This first Kate Martinelli book introduces several interesting characters. Read morePublished on May 27 2001 by MLPlayfair