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To Play the Fool Paperback – May 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
The second installment in her series featuring San Francisco police detective Kate Martinelli, King's latest mystery concerns the murder of a homeless man in Golden Gate Park.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli strays from the stereotypical path of policewoman. As an openly lesbian and much-publicized heroine, Kate returns to her job facing a difficult case: street person Brother Erasmus, suspect in the murder of a homeless man, communicates entirely by way of literary quotations. The author presents her homeless characters with honesty and compassion, much in the way she describes the relationship between Kate and her lover or her police partner, Al. A fitting and well-done sequel to the award-winning A Grave Talent (LJ 1/93).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
When a much-loathed panhandler is found partially cremated in Golden Gate Park, all the evidence points to Brother Erasmus. After all, the two had butted heads in the past; the disposition of the body mirrors how Erasmus took care of a beloved dog; and Erasmus is incapable of defending himself, since he speaks only in quotes. But somehow Brother Erasmus, both gentle and crafty, doesn't feel right for the crime. Did someone else really do it, or is Kate losing her edge and getting sentimental?
Brother Erasmus is surely one of the most interesting characters in ANY genre of fiction in the last several years. He feels like someone you know and want to trust, but he also remains enigmatic. And Kate's efforts to crack his shell reveal as much about her as they reveal about him.
As in the previous book, character is more important than crime. The resolution of the mystery is almost an afterthought; indeed, the mystery itself is important mainly to introduce us to Brother Erasmus. Not everyone will like this style, which more closely resembles mainstream literary fiction than most paperback mystery. But for readers willing to invest themselves in the story and the characters, this is one of the most interesting and promising character-driven stories published in over a decade. Highly recommended for mystery fans and newbies, this novel is one that will sit in a treasured place on your shelf for years to come.
The mystery involves a religious fool and of course a dead body. However, this is not your everyday fool. His job is to be a fool and in this book you learn just how smart true fools really are.
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