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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.
What a great story about the resilience of a young boy and his attempt to survive against overwhelming odds. Best Kellerman mystery yet.Published 8 days ago by Judy
Entertaining all the way thru. Will definitely read the second of the 2 book series.Published 1 month ago by fatcatdealssports
This novel moves along quicker than some of Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels, which tend to get bogged down in too many long scenes and details that disrupt the momentum. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Professor
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 4 months 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 4 months ago by lady lily jeep