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Billy Straight (Jonathan Kellerman) Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
A terrific read: no, the killer is not obvious- you just THINK you know. And the ending is slam-bang! Kellerman is the consumate mystery writer. I particularly am impressed, in all his novels, by the descriptions of people, places and things. He does it in such a way that you do not realize it and suddenly the entire picture is in your mind-down to the color of a man's tie and the shape and color of flowers on the hillside.How interesting that he managed to insert Alex and Milo(from his Delaware novels) in between the cracks of his new mystery. I am curious if they will all be together one of these days. All of his books are great-I have already ordered his next book on Delaware "Monster" due out soon-but I am looking forward to more of Petra Connor,also. Kudos to Kellerman for giving something new and different a try - and succeeding.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an entertaing read. Met my expectations for a Kellerman novel!Published 20 days ago by Pamela Witherspoon
Another winner from Kellerman. I hope book two is as goodPublished 1 month ago by Harry R. Crawford
Well-paced plot from multiple perspectives. Keeps you on your toes. This was my first Kellerman novel, but I have already started the second Petra Conner book and it promises to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bellemeister
Kellerman never fails to satisfy - the inside working of LAPD and the local flavor of LA - a winning combination…Published 3 months ago by William Clough
This is the 2nd Billy Straight book I have ordered. I wanted to read it again, and I didn't still have the first one. I donate most books I read to our local library. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janet M. Doud
I must be on some sort of an unconsciously masochistic reading binge these days. It seems like all the murder mysteries I pick up involve lots of blood, gore and sadism. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leapin' Literary Lurkers
The aptly named Billy Straight, 12 is a runaway with a good reason. A gifted boy, Billy has the misfortune of being born into an abusive household. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BeatleBangs1964