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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.
Primary detective is an interesting character and female. This mystery is not much different then any others available. Not too thought provoking and easy to predict. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Hoot Black
Slow beginning but then turned hard to stop reading. A lot of twists and surprises including two at the end.Published 17 days ago by Bobbi J. Cole
I am just now reading this book and so far its Great, as usual for Jonathan KellermanPublished 29 days ago by Helen Baxter
I was enormously disappointed with this book and bored. So much so that I skimmed several chapters because I just wanted it to end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kazan
Another good one from Kellerman. I had tired of Alex Delaware. The strong Petra Conner is refreshing.Published 1 month ago by Lori
A different novel when you are just used to Alex Delaware. But Kellerman introduces you to Petra, and you stay interested, through the whole read.Published 1 month ago by Rita Vazquez
I found this book to be poorly written. Some of the dialog would be something I would expect from a 6th grader. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Nelson