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Laurie R. King
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March 31 1997
Adrift in mist-shrouded San Francisco mornings and alcohol-fogged nights, homicide detective Kate Martinelli can't escape the void left by her departed lover, who has gone off to rethink their relationship.  But when twelve-year-old Jules Cameron comes to Kate for a professional consultation, Kate's not sure she's that desperate for distraction.

Jules is worried about her friend Dio, a homeless boy she met in a park.  Dio has disappeared without a word of farewell, and Jules wants Kate to find him Reluctant as she is, Kate can't say no--and soon she finds herself forming a  friendship with the bright, quirky girl.  But the search for Dio will prove to be much more than both bargained for--and it's only the beginning.  

When Jules disappears while taking a trip with Kate, a desperate search begins...and Kate knows all too well the odds of finding the child alive...

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I can't think of any moments in recent mysteries that equal the sheer physical and emotional terror of Kate Martinelli's discovery--about halfway through this third book in Laurie R. King's excellent series, now available in paperback--that the 12-year-old girl she is looking after has disappeared. Kate, a just-out lesbian, is under fire for that and other reasons at the San Francisco Police Department, and the missing girl is the daughter of the woman whom Kate's work partner has just married. Kate's relationship with her life partner, Lee, is in serious trouble, and she has strong feelings about wanting children of her own. The motel from which the girl has vanished is in the middle of a notorious serial killer's terrortory. As she does in her equally smart and visceral series about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (The Beekeeper's Apprentice, A Monstrous Regiment of Women, A Letter of Mary), King balances all the elements perfectly, and keeps us involved every inch of the way. Her other Martinelli books are A Grave Talent and To Play the Fool.

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The third absorbing Kate Martinelli story (after the Edgar-winning A Grave Talent and its follow-up, To Play the Fool) leads the Bay Area cop into the Pacific Northwest, where a serial killer is on the loose. Kate's female lover Lee, severely disabled in an earlier tale, leaves to spend some time on an island off the Washington coast. At the same time, Kate's partner, Al, is wooing a woman whose precocious 12-year-old daughter, Jules, asks Kate to help her find a now-missing homeless boy whom she has met in a park. While struggling with little success to cope with Lee's absence, Kate finds Jules's friend but in the process gets hit on the head hard enough to have to take medical leave from the department?until her sporadic, debilitating headaches cease. When Al and Jules's mother go on their honeymoon right before Christmas, Jules stays with Kate; on a trip north, Jules disappears from the motel near Portland. The desperate search for the girl, who fits the profile of the killer's other victims, creates excruciating anguish for Kate, particularly after she is sent back to California. There, she breaks some rules to find out whether Jules was taken by the killer or by someone who knew her personally. Although readers may connect pieces of the puzzle sooner than Kate, the pleasure of her company and the accelerating suspense preceding the climax make for a compelling read. Author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars From boring to emotionally May 5 2003
I have to confess that the first part of the book, the story of Kate and her lover, her problems at work, at home were boring, but when you finish that part of the book is getting better and better until the end. The way she talk with Jules and the way she rescue her won't let you put the book down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different, but I liked it Dec 3 2002
By "2hoo"
This book was a little different than the first two books, but I enjoyed reading it and finished it off rather quickly (a sure sign that it was good). I still have a hard time with the realities of Kate's job, but I can overlook some of that. I enjoyed this book a little more than the last, where I felt like I'd missed something. This book did a better job of filling in the "while you were away" time gap. Still think that more could be done with the intimacy in the relationship, but that's nitpicking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally affecting June 27 2002
This is the most affecting of the Kate Martinelli mysteries I've read, both because of the heroine's physical and emotional vulnerability, and because of the sensitive handling of her bond with the missing girl. It compares well with A Grave Talent, and like it, presents a mystery focused on interpersonal, rather than more broadly social, issues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good story Nov. 18 2001
Once again, the reader is transported to the San Francisco scenes and neighborhoods travelled by Kate Martinelli. This time the story is close to home, involving the disappearance of the stepdaughter of her partner when she was in Kate's care. At the same time, her partner, Lee, has left town for a time both to recuperate and to decide about the future of their relationship. On several fronts, this is a difficult time for Kate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Oct. 9 2001
This would be the third book of King's Martinelli mysteries.
I skipped the second accidentally. After reading the first "A Grave Talent", I was hooked on the characters. Her writing is very visual and you definately feel for the characters involved. I couldn't wait to start yet was dissapointed to finish.
Definately an avid fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Martinelli, less mystery in this book March 26 2001
Before I nitpick, let me say that I enjoyed reading this book. It's well written with interesting characters. It just isn't quite the masterpiece that the first two Martinelli books are.
Much of this book focuses on Kate's personal life crises - Lee has left to recover with a long lost aunt and Kate doesn't know where she stands. She spends more and more time with Jules, the soon to be step-daughter of her partner, Al Hawkin. (Readers of the previous books will remember the child genius.) She spends some of the time tracking down a runaway friend of Jules. In the second half of the book, Jules disappears during a road trip to Seattle. Still, Kate isn't allowed to participate in the the active search and acts policelike only on the fringes.
Bottom-line: Probably a worthwhile read for existing fans of the series but wouldn't be the best book for starting the Martinelli series (which is terrific overall).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Laurie King can do and has done better
This book left me a little frustrated. I think Laurie King is great writer. What I believe sets her apart from other writers, mystery or otherwise, is her ability to cleverly... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Who-done-it fun: a great mystery novel (again) by King
I first read "A Grave Talent" and couldn't wait to read "With Child". I only bring mystery books on vacation, and this was the first one I read in Puerta... Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Tightly plotted thriller
This book is the third in a series featuring Kate Martinelli--a homicide detective in San Francisco. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2000 by Silver Springer
5.0 out of 5 stars sherylval@aol.com
I just discovered laurie king this year. she is great. i love all kinds of books, although mysteries are my favorite. i rate her right up there with elizabeth george(my fav). Read more
Published on June 26 2000 by Sheryl Valentine
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read more about Kate
Laurie King's books are a delight. The characters and their relationships with each other, in both series, matter far more to me than any plot lines. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 1998 by Carol Frost Vercollone
5.0 out of 5 stars The Plot Thickens....
"With Child" has been my constant companion for the past several hours: it went to lunch with me, and to dinner, and spent a quiet afternoon in between. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 1997 by jlindenau@netonecom.net
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