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A Bleak and Foreboding Case
on May 21, 2018
Lorna Kepler has been dead for 10 months but her mother still obsesses about what she believes is her murder. She hires Kinsey to investigate. Lorna lived somewhat of a dangerous double life, a part time secretary receptionist at the local water works by day and a high priced call girl and one time porn actor by night. And somehow inexplicably she has amassed a small fortune of half a million dollars in investments.
As she investigates, Kinsey is drawn into this dark night world Lorna inhabits, sleeping during the day and investigating at night. I think this contributes to her sense of foreboding and darkness which pervades the story. There are many characters populating the case: Lorna’s two sisters who don’t particularly like her, her father who wants to move beyond her death, the chairman of the water board and his nurse daughter who befriends Lorna and was previously married to the manager of the water plant, the producer and actors in the pornographic film. However there is seemingly nothing that would constitute evidence or even a plausible motive.
Then a young streetwalker Danielle, whom Lorna took under her wing, is severely beaten, and Kinsey finds in her cabin a photo of Lorna and Danielle together with two “clients.” Finally something that might turn out to be a clue.
My enjoyment of “K’ was dimmed by the fact that it is unrelentingly bleak and dark. The only relief is Kinsey’s friendship with policemen Cheney Phillips, who is assisting her but also warning her not to interfere in the case, and her friendship and concern for Danielle. And, as other reviewers have pointed out, there are a number of loose end at the conclusion.