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To Play the Fool [Paperback]

Laurie R. King
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May 1 1996
Celebrated author Laurie R. King dazzles mystery lovers once again in this, her second Kate Martinelli mystery. The story unfolds as a band of homeless people cremate a beloved dog in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. When it comes to incidents like this, the authorities are willing to overlook a few broken
regulations. But three weeks later, after the dog's owner gets the same fiery send-off, the SFPD knows it has a serious problem on its hands. Other than the fact that they're dealing with a particularly grisly homicide, Inspector Kate Martinelli and her partner, Al Hawkin, have little else to go on. They have a homeless victim without a positive ID, a group of witnesses who have little love for the cops, and a possible suspect, known only as Brother Erasmus. Kate
learns that Erasmus is well-acquainted with the park's homeless and with the rarefied atmosphere of Berkeley's Graduate Theological Union, yet he remains an enigma to all. It's apparent that he is by no means crazy--but he is a fool.  Kate begins the frustrating task of interrogating a man who communicates only
through quotations. Trying to learn something of his history leads her along a twisting road to a disbanded cult, long-buried secrets, the thirst for spirituality, and the hunger for bloody vengeance.

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The second installment in her series featuring San Francisco police detective Kate Martinelli, King's latest mystery concerns the murder of a homeless man in Golden Gate Park.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli strays from the stereotypical path of policewoman. As an openly lesbian and much-publicized heroine, Kate returns to her job facing a difficult case: street person Brother Erasmus, suspect in the murder of a homeless man, communicates entirely by way of literary quotations. The author presents her homeless characters with honesty and compassion, much in the way she describes the relationship between Kate and her lover or her police partner, Al. A fitting and well-done sequel to the award-winning A Grave Talent (LJ 1/93).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Wow - a book worth re-reading, just to savor the delicious prose and extremely human characters! Everything about this book is delicious. The plot is a good blend of suspense and fun, the characters have soul, and the writing is superb. Some chapters and passages were so well crafted that I went back to enjoy them two and three times. It's amazing what King can do with black ink, white paper, and 26 letters. King's books are all good, but this has got to be the best of all. I think I'll go read it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No fools here! Jan. 18 2000
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Kate Martinelli continues to enrich my world. Erasmus lives in my neighborhood. The subject matter, a cultish offshoot of christianity, was absolutely facinating to me. To learn more a bout a character I like and a brand new subject, what a delight. Kate and her lover continue to be richer characters with each novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Captivating Oct. 15 1999
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I picked up this book on a whim, never having reading Laurie King before, and after reading it over and over again have now bought every other book she has written. And I eagerly await more! Style, intelligence, humor -- this book has it all! Write us more, Laurie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best mysteries I've read in YEARS! Sept. 30 1998
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What a sensational read! The San Francisco atmosphere, the subtle but brilliant plotting, and the unforgettable character Erasmus make this a book to relish. I've read it several times since it was first published, and it never fails to entertain and intrigue me. Buy it and read it -- it's a keeper. (And don't miss the other books in the Martinelli series.) Three cheers for Laurie King!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Did I miss something? Dec 3 2002
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Throughout this book, I felt like I'd missed something. Since I bought four books together, I kept double-checking that I wasn't reading them out of order. That point aside, the story is a very good one and I felt really connected to the characters in this book. I would give it a better rating, except that I think that the first and third books are better.
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