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Product Details

  • Series: Carmine Delmonico Novels
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439178313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439178317
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Set in 1968, McCullough's uneven third Carmine Delmonico novel (after Too Many Murders) finds the Holloman, Conn., police captain facing multiple problems. On the crime front, a serial rapist calling himself Didus ineptus, the Linnaean name for the dodo bird, is increasing the violence of his attacks; a vandal strikes at a mall; incipient gang violence threatens area high schools; and the fate of a kidnapping victim strains resources. Within the department, everyone detests bright, beautiful, ambitious detective trainee Helen MacIntosh, the daughter of the president of Holloman's "world-famous institute of higher learning," Chubb University. One lieutenant, Corey Marshall, isn't working out, and another, Morty Jones, has a drinking problem. On the domestic front, Delmonico's wife, Desdemona, may be suffering from postpartum depression and is worsening by the day. The admirable Delmonico holds this character-driven novel together, but awkward plot twists and a climax more silly than shocking undermine credibility. (Jan.)
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From Booklist

Small-town police detective Carmine Delmonico returns in a third series entry. Set in 1968, the story revolves around a particularly unsettling case in which a serial rapist keeps his victims captive for several hours, repeatedly assaulting them. Reluctantly teaming up with a raw young recruit, Delmonico must try to find the most difficult of criminals, the kind clever enough not to leave any clues behind. Aside from their richly drawn characters and vivid small-town settings, the Delmonico novels have a major attraction for fans of crime fiction in that they take place in the 1960s, before high-tech forensics and offender profiling. McCullough’s hero must use his wits, not an array of scientific equipment, to solve crimes. The book is a very welcome return to basics in this high-tech, CSI era. One slight caveat, though: this gripping novel opens with an intense and graphic scene that could upset some readers. --David Pitt

More About the Author

Colleen McCullough was born in Australia. A neuropathologist, she established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney before working as a researcher and teacher at Yale Medical School for ten years. Her writing career began with the publication of Tim, followed by The Thorn Birds, a record-breaking international bestseller. She lives on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific with her husband, Ric Robinson.

Customer Reviews

Colleen McCullough is a terrific writer.
Vivian Windom
The style of speech, for many of the characters, seemed incongruent to me and the frequent use of exclamation marks irritated.
Jennifer Cameron-Smith
And I'm looking forward to the next in the series to be released this November.
BorderGranny

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith on October 15, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
This novel is set in America in 1968, in the Connecticut town of Holloman. In the suburb of Carew, a number of women have fallen victim to a vicious and systematic rapist, but each of them has been too afraid to involve the police. When the latest victim finds the courage to speak out, the next victim is murdered. For Captain Carmine Delmonico, this case has come at a difficult time. The Holloman Police Department has its own problems, including an ambitious new trainee - Helen McIntosh - who just happens to be the daughter of the president of the Chubb University. The killer is escalating, and Delmonico and his team draw on every resource available to them: including the group of locals known as the Gentlemen Walkers.

This is the third of a series to feature Captain Carmine Delmonico. I enjoyed the first in the series, somehow missed the second, and did not enjoy this one. Why? The style of speech, for many of the characters, seemed incongruent to me and the frequent use of exclamation marks irritated. This would have mattered less if the story kept my attention but generally it didn't. For me, the characters overwhelmed the plot and the moments of high drama appeared close to farce.

By the end of the story, I wasn't sure whether I'd taken it too seriously, or perhaps not seriously enough. There's humour here, but somehow it didn't work for me this time round.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 31, 2010
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In 1968 in Holloman, Connecticut, a masked man grabs Maggie Desmond in her apartment; he rapes her repeatedly. When he completes his sodomizing of Maggie, the rapist warns her not to go to the police; if she disobeys he will kill her. Frightened yet not intimidated by the beast, she talks to a senior police officer at the hospital. Captain Carmine Delmonico leads the investigation into a vicious serial rapist whose victims have been so afraid they refuse to speak to anyone, but now he has the first courageous victim talking to the cops about the "dodo" who assaulted her.

Someone vandalizes the Glass Teddy Bear Shop in the Busquash Mall, but does not steal anything. At Taft High School, a cache of weapons are found by a splinter group of the Black Brigade who thinks the Black People's Power is not into violence, which is the only way Blacks can achieve equality. Carmine's Lieutenant Corey Marshall ignores his subordinates' verbal and written reports that there are more weapons stashed somewhere in the school while trainee Helen MacIntosh, daughter of the president of Chubb University, believes she runs the unit. With issues at home, Carmine faces tsuris 24/7.

The latest Delmonico historical police procedural (see On, Off and Too Many Murders) provides readers with what went on inside a New England precinct during the tumultuous late 1960s. Carmine is an honest cop who expects the same ethical behavior from those who work for him; when he finds someone who fails to attain and maintain his standard, he scrutinizes their every move to improve their standard of conduct and performance. He has so many issues at the station (and at home), he delays his look at the information provided by Maggie until late in the story line; thus adding realism to a strong 1968 investigative thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By linde roth on July 10, 2012
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Found this book on clearance and thought I would give it a try. Don't bother. The dialog reminded me of poorly translated foreign novels, very stilted. I wanted to like "Carmine" but the characters are not well developed. Sorry this was a miss for me.
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I am a great fan, have discovered the crime and intrigue side of Ms McCullough. Strong themes, never been a fan of violence but I can't put these Carmine Delmonico books down!
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I think I have the majority of books written by McCullough. I always look forward to her Carmine Delmonico mysteries. I hope there will be more. This author does not spare the reader's sensibilities. She tells it like it is. There is always the shock value, especially when she gives us a surprising ending. I usually read the entire book at one sitting. I just can't put it down.
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By Luther on October 5, 2013
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Although these detective books aren't as powerful as the author's Australia works, they still hold interest and have well developed characters.
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By Vivian Windom on September 18, 2013
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Colleen McCullough is a terrific writer. I never thought I'd see her writing thrillers, but she has and they are good. Each of these Carmine Delmonico thrillers is a hard book to put down once one begins reading.
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By Joan B. Gonzales on August 26, 2013
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So, having said that , I will always read anything that Colleen McCullough writes . I don't often read this sort of story line but do like the pace she sets in her novels.
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