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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.
Several times the book seemed familiar to me. I kept thinking maybe I had read it many years ago. Did not matter. Stilled really enjoyed the books with twists and turns. Read morePublished 26 days ago by S lynn
Another great story by Kellerman. A young runaway boy witnesses a murder in Griffith Park. As it becomes apparent there might be a witness to the murder, the police hunt for him... Read morePublished 1 month ago by lady lily jeep
Kellerman continues to prove he is a literary genius. Draws you in until you think you know everything and then shows you that once again you missed. Incredible story line. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jim
I found the book intriguing because Billy was born into a bad home and environment, but somehow shines through as a good, smart person. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joanna