In summer of 2016, we asked our patrons for book reviews as part of our adult summer reading raffle. We have chosen the cream of the crop to feature here on our blog.
Kate and her partner, Al Hawkin, are called to a scene of carefully executed murder: the victim is a muscular man, handcuffed and strangled, a stun gun’s faint burn on his chest and candy in his pocket. The likeliest person to want him dead, his often-abused wife, is meek and frail–and has an airtight alibi. Kate and Al are stumped, until a second body turns up–also zapped, cuffed, and strangled…and carrying a candy bar. This victim: a convicted rapist. As newspaper headlines speculate about vendetta killings, a third death draws Kate and Al into a network of pitiless destruction that reaches far beyond San Francisco, a modern-style hit list with shudderingly primal roots.
Review by Christine Hammerman:
This book was a suspenseful and entertaining read.
The story provided mystery and humor at the same time. The main character was well-written and stood up for herself and her principals, despite a tough job role and personal relationship.
Favorite phrase: “My sides were clapping together like an empty portmanteau.”