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Love Nor Money (Catherine Sayler Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – November 23, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

Guilt and revenge fuel this neatly crafted mystery, third in a series by Grant ( Blind Trust ). Furious at a client's double-cross, San Francisco PI Catherine Sayler distracts herself from revenge to investigate, at the request of her friend Joe, the death of his cousin Mitch, a recovering alcoholic who had threatened to expose the prominent jurist who molested him as a child. Judge Samuel Reiter could wallpaper his chambers with awards given him for his work with boys' clubs; unfortunately, Catherine proves he's been collecting darker rewards too. With the net drawing tight around the judge and plans for avenging herself simmering, Catherine is saddled with her alienated 14-year-old niece, Molly, who has run away from suburbia. Then the judge is killed, suspicion falls on Joe, and Molly gets kidnapped. Grant juggles her plot smoothly, keeping all balls up in the air until the very end, when readers may be disappointed at the way they fall. The scenes of Molly's rebellion against responsible adults--a nearly seamless wall of loud music, sloppy habits and weird friends with odd hairdos--offer priceless shots of Catherine wryly miffed to be labeled one of Them. Mystery Guild selection; paperback rights to Fawcett.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A two-part case for personality-pale San Francisco p.i. Catherine Sayler: first, expose much-lauded judge Samuel Reiter as a pedophile and habitual child-abuser/seducer as well as the man behind the death of alcoholic Mitch Morrison, one of his former victims; and, second, prove that lawyer Joe Girard, Mitch's cousin and another of the judge's former ``special'' boys, did not suddenly decide to murder the judge with the proverbial blunt instrument. Then who did? Charming young reporter Kevin Doyle cajoles Catherine into letting him help her sift through evidence/suspect lists/etc., while she also plays mom to her runaway niece Molly. Eventually, Catherine and Molly are kidnapped by one of the judge's more vicious pedophile chums (to protect his kiddie-porn trade), but it's Catherine's glimpse of a sweet young face in one of the judge's albums that helps establish who killed him. Like Blind Trust (1980), a silly compilation of Oprah and Donohue subjects (A.A. sobriety and anonymity/mother-daughter contretemps/victims' guilt) all earnestly--and tediously--explained at the primer level. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Catherine Sayler Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reprint edition (November 23, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804109478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804109475
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,851,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Revenge, a dish tasted cold and hot 5*

Love nor Money: A Catherine Sayler Mystery
by Linda Grant, 1991.

Tough, smart, independent female detectives came of age in the 1980's and 90's, notable examples being Kinsey Millhone, V. I. Warshawski, Carlotta Carlyle, Lydia Chin and Sunny Randal. (This is not to say they were invented then, cf Juanita Sheridan's team of Lily Wu and Janice Cameron of the 1940's and 50's.) For my money, one of the best is Linda Grant's Catherine Sayler, a San Francisco PI who would rather be solving nice calm embezzlement, inventory shrinkage or industrial espionage cases but somehow always ends up depending as much on her martial arts skills as her intellect, involved in murder and sensational crimes. Unfortunately, Catherine Saylor never gained the popularity of some of her contemporaries, and "Love nor Money" is the third of a meager six books in the series.

The minor plot in LnM is a personal one: in a previous case, Catherine had persuaded an embezzler to confess when his employer promised not to prosecute -- and then reneged after the confession. In jail, the embezzler committed suicide, and Catherine is out to nail that employer.

Her partner and employees persuade her to take a cooling off period, and then another personal case, or at least one outside of her comfort zone, takes over her life. Just as Catherine is feeling guilt over the death of the embezzler, old friend Joe Girard is feeling guilty after the death of his cousin Mitch. Mitch had come to Joe with a tale of sexual abuse as a child, by a man who is now a prominent judge. Mitch was seeking Joe's help in bringing the perp to justice, but Joe refuses. Shortly thereafter, Mich is shot in a seemingly random attack in a sleazy bar's parking lot.
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