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Product Details

  • Series: A Ben Raveneau Mystery (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727882406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727882400
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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San Francisco cop Ben Raveneau is expert at cracking cold cases, but his latest may prove the one that finally defeats him. Ten years ago, grad student Ann Coryell disappeared. Renowned academic Albert Lash, who was her Svengali-like professor and sometime lover, claimed she disappeared after a lover’s quarrel. But when her headless body was found months later, there were no clues and nothing to prove Lash was involved, so the case was shelved. Then, 10 years after her death, an underground bomb shelter containing a bloody mattress and over a dozen skulls is discovered on Lash’s property. Raveneau is brought in to determine if one of the skulls is Coryell’s. What he discovers is a bizarre, tangled, surreal plot involving a plan to wreak revenge on the city of San Francisco, a corrupt cop, a string of violent murders, and a now terminally ill and guilt-ridden Lash. Solid writing, a twisted, keep-’em-guessing plot, and a likable rogue hero drive this entertaining thriller. --Emily Melton

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“Seasoned pro Russell showcases sturdy police work on a complicated case.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"Solid writing, a twisted, keep-’em-guessing plot, and a likable rogue hero drive this entertaining thriller" (Booklist)

“Polished writing and well-constructed situations make this one of Russell’s better books” (Publishers Weekly)

More About the Author

I'm an inveterate reader. I'll read across the board but as a writer crime fiction hooked me for the way the genre let's you write at something morally ambiguous without getting stranded in it. You can write a novel that moves, and keeps moving. I've written six crime novels. In Shell Games, Night Game, Dead Game, and Redback, a California Fish and Game lieutenant is running an undercover team called the Special Operations Unit. Two more recent, A Killing in China Basin and Counterfeit Road, are with a San Francisco homicide inspector. Most all of it is in country I know, but none of it would have worked without the help of the real life Fish and Game undercover team and two San Francisco homicide inspectors. Which is another good thing about crime fiction. You can flirt with reality and if it works end up with a story that feels like it might have really happened.

Kirk Russell has two daughters. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Judy Rodgers, co-owner and chef of San Francisco's Zuni Cafe.For more visit kirkrussellbooks.com

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Russell delivers another fine book with this cold case set in San Francisco. The persecution of the Native Americans factors heavily into this novel and I was inspired to research that subject in greater detail. I will eagerly await the next installment in the Ben Raveneau series.
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By Mike T. on September 22, 2013
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Not my favorite Ben Raveneau story but it was okay. Seems it didn't hold my attention like his previous works. Like i said it was worth reading.
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By Floyd on August 9, 2013
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I read most of this book after reading others writtne by Kirk
Russell and felt that it sort of dragged. It was difficult to get
into his plot.
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