To Play the Fool Paperback – May 1 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From Library Journal
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).
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Top Customer Reviews
One supposes, after reading (and rereading) this superb example of a mystery, that Laurie R. King would be just as formidable an academic as mystery novelist. Her scholarship is profoundly relevant, accurate, and, most impressively, INTERESTING. This is a book that pities neither wise man nor fool, whether the fool be wooden-headed or more delicately balanced, as in King's story.
This book, second in the "Kate Martinelli" series of mysteries by Laurie R. King, presents the reader with two challenges: the complexity of the narrative and the complexity of the intellectual challenges in the narrative. I admire King's risk-taking with this novel; she neither condescends to nor makes allowance for any laziness on the part of the reader. Simply put, you'll either make the effort to keep up with her, or just bobble along in the wake of her prodigious imagination, wishing you spoke Latin and weren't so lazy. Either action is rewarding.
As in "A Grave Talent", King establishes characters as the driving force behind her narrative. Her protagonists return, slightly more careworn in the intervening time but just as fiesty, and she introduces new characters of towering believability. Anyone who has spent any time aimlessly wandering the streets of San Francisco has encountered the street denizens she describes.
Brother Erasmus, on the other lapel...Brother Erasmus is a quintessential distillation of what we might hope to be, but are gladly not.Read more ›
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I am increasingly becoming a fan of this author. However, I am not sure what the point was in the long and involved examination of the Fool movement in this installment of the... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2001 by Helen
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2000 by Robin Mingle
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 1999
I've enjoyed all of her Kate Martinelli books, but this is by far the best of them. It ranks up there with some of my favorite mysteries! Read morePublished on May 4 1998 by Amazon Customer