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When O.J. was on trial, Kellerman said, "This wouldn't make a good novel," but some of Kellerman's toughest critics say this funhouse-mirror version of an O.J.-like case is his best, better than his famous Alex Delaware series. Psychologist Dr. Delaware has a bit part here, but the heroine is Detective Petra Connor, his distaff equivalent. Kellerman's main strength is his vivid invention of secondary characters and his skill at juggling subplots. When Petra's media-whore boss puts Billy's police sketch in the paper with a $25,000 reward, two marvelously sub-simian bounty hunters join the chase: a vicious Russian ex-cop and the vile biker boyfriend of Billy's stoned-out, trailer-park mom.
Like the kid hero of Russell Banks's Rule of the Bone, Billy enriches his author's customary milieu by viewing it from a new, low angle. The tale is more taut than Kellerman's 1997 bestseller Survival of the Fittest and more riveting than the O.J. case--the cops are smart and justice has a prayer. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I'm a fan of Jonathan Kellerman. I wish he'd felt capable of following up further with the Petra Connor series.Published 3 days ago by irrational John
This book kept me on the edge of my seat AND it made me think about how some people, including children, live their daily lives.Published 12 days ago by SusieQ
Billy Straight is a 12 year old teenager who ran away from home. Billy used to live with his mother and her boyfriend (who is not Billy’s father). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beverly Johnson
I read this years ago, forgot all about it. I had to read it again. Couldn't put it down.Published 2 months ago by babsreader
This is a good one. Detective Petra Connor is a powerfull force. I enjoyed the twist thrown in just when I thought I know who the killer was. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Harold Lyle
Kellerman is a writer I usually thoroughly enjoy but in this book, he jumps around so much it's difficult to keep track of where you are and gthe characters involved. .Published 3 months ago by ralphwenge
Another intriguing character from Jonathan kellerman. He ties in Alex Delaware and others while weaving a wholly new tale. Highly enjoyable reading.Published 3 months ago by Bernard J. Schuneman