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Colleen McCullough
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March 21 2011 Carmine Delmonico
America in 1968 is in turmoil and the leafy Holloman suburb of Carew is being silently terrorised by a series of vicious and systematic rapes. When finally one victim finds the courage to speak out and go to the police, the rapist escalates to murder. For Captain Carmine Delmonico, it seems to be a case with no clues. And it comes as the Holloman Police Department is troubled: a lieutenant is out of his depth, a sergeant is out of control, and into this mix comes the beautiful, ruthlessly ambitious new trainee, Helen MacIntosh, daughter of the influential president of Chubb University. As the killer makes his plans, Carmine and his team must use every resource at their disposal -- including a team of highly motivated neighbourhood watch, the Gentlemen Walkers ...

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"McCullough is in delightfully dark and wicked form with Naked Cruelty" (New York Journal of Books )

About the Author

Colleen McCullough was born in Australia. A neuropathologist, she established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney before working as a researcher and teacher at Yale Medical School for ten years. Her writing career began with the publication of Tim, followed by The Thorn Birds, a record-breaking international bestseller. She lives on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific with her husband, Ric Robinson.

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By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This novel is set in America in 1968, in the Connecticut town of Holloman. In the suburb of Carew, a number of women have fallen victim to a vicious and systematic rapist, but each of them has been too afraid to involve the police. When the latest victim finds the courage to speak out, the next victim is murdered. For Captain Carmine Delmonico, this case has come at a difficult time. The Holloman Police Department has its own problems, including an ambitious new trainee - Helen McIntosh - who just happens to be the daughter of the president of the Chubb University. The killer is escalating, and Delmonico and his team draw on every resource available to them: including the group of locals known as the Gentlemen Walkers.

This is the third of a series to feature Captain Carmine Delmonico. I enjoyed the first in the series, somehow missed the second, and did not enjoy this one. Why? The style of speech, for many of the characters, seemed incongruent to me and the frequent use of exclamation marks irritated. This would have mattered less if the story kept my attention but generally it didn't. For me, the characters overwhelmed the plot and the moments of high drama appeared close to farce.

By the end of the story, I wasn't sure whether I'd taken it too seriously, or perhaps not seriously enough. There's humour here, but somehow it didn't work for me this time round.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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2.0 out of 5 stars `It had been an upsetting day, and the only cure was sleep' Oct. 15 2010
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is set in America in 1968, in the Connecticut town of Holloman. In the suburb of Carew, a number of women have fallen victim to a vicious and systematic rapist, but each of them has been too afraid to involve the police. When the latest victim finds the courage to speak out, the next victim is murdered. For Captain Carmine Delmonico, this case has come at a difficult time. The Holloman Police Department has its own problems, including an ambitious new trainee - Helen McIntosh - who just happens to be the daughter of the president of the Chubb University. The killer is escalating, and Delmonico and his team draw on every resource available to them: including the group of locals known as the Gentlemen Walkers.

This is the third of a series to feature Captain Carmine Delmonico. I enjoyed the first in the series, somehow missed the second, and did not enjoy this one. Why? The style of speech, for many of the characters, seemed incongruent to me and the frequent use of exclamation marks irritated. This would have mattered less if the story kept my attention but generally it didn't. For me, the characters overwhelmed the plot and the moments of high drama appeared close to farce.

By the end of the story, I wasn't sure whether I'd taken it too seriously, or perhaps not seriously enough. There's humour here, but somehow it didn't work for me this time round.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars shallow and overly violent July 10 2012
By linde roth - Published on Amazon.com
Found this book on clearance and thought I would give it a try. Don't bother. The dialog reminded me of poorly translated foreign novels, very stilted. I wanted to like "Carmine" but the characters are not well developed. Sorry this was a miss for me.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong 1968 police procedural Dec 31 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In 1968 in Holloman, Connecticut, a masked man grabs Maggie Desmond in her apartment; he rapes her repeatedly. When he completes his sodomizing of Maggie, the rapist warns her not to go to the police; if she disobeys he will kill her. Frightened yet not intimidated by the beast, she talks to a senior police officer at the hospital. Captain Carmine Delmonico leads the investigation into a vicious serial rapist whose victims have been so afraid they refuse to speak to anyone, but now he has the first courageous victim talking to the cops about the "dodo" who assaulted her.

Someone vandalizes the Glass Teddy Bear Shop in the Busquash Mall, but does not steal anything. At Taft High School, a cache of weapons are found by a splinter group of the Black Brigade who thinks the Black People's Power is not into violence, which is the only way Blacks can achieve equality. Carmine's Lieutenant Corey Marshall ignores his subordinates' verbal and written reports that there are more weapons stashed somewhere in the school while trainee Helen MacIntosh, daughter of the president of Chubb University, believes she runs the unit. With issues at home, Carmine faces tsuris 24/7.

The latest Delmonico historical police procedural (see On, Off and Too Many Murders) provides readers with what went on inside a New England precinct during the tumultuous late 1960s. Carmine is an honest cop who expects the same ethical behavior from those who work for him; when he finds someone who fails to attain and maintain his standard, he scrutinizes their every move to improve their standard of conduct and performance. He has so many issues at the station (and at home), he delays his look at the information provided by Maggie until late in the story line; thus adding realism to a strong 1968 investigative thriller.

Harriet Klausner
4.0 out of 5 stars Colleen, you've done it again! May 29 2014
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I am a great fan, have discovered the crime and intrigue side of Ms McCullough. Strong themes, never been a fan of violence but I can't put these Carmine Delmonico books down!
5.0 out of 5 stars McCullough, My Favorite Author Oct. 26 2013
By Dolores L. Sparrow - Published on Amazon.com
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I think I have the majority of books written by McCullough. I always look forward to her Carmine Delmonico mysteries. I hope there will be more. This author does not spare the reader's sensibilities. She tells it like it is. There is always the shock value, especially when she gives us a surprising ending. I usually read the entire book at one sitting. I just can't put it down.
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