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Sacrifice Hardcover – June 17, 2003
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Phillips's third crime novel (Fall from Grace; Blindsided) featuring diminutive but brassy San Francisco lady cop Jane Candiotti-newly promoted to homicide lieutenant and also newly married to her police sidekick, homicide inspector Kenny Marks-tears up the pages, sirens blaring and lights flashing, at car-chase speed. A billionaire Silicon Valley philanthropist famous for helping needy children is found murdered in a hotel parking garage just after donating $50 million to build a cancer wing on a children's hospital. Scarcely an hour later, a black skid-row bum is found stabbed to death. Jane, under pressure from the billionaire's snooty widow, struggles to give equal attention to both cases. She is further frustrated by the manipulations of an ambitious female underling who resents Jane assigning her to the case of the street bum. Soon, other murders connected to the skid-row stabbing-by an "S" scrawled in blood at the crime scenes-make it obvious that a serial killer is on the loose. As the "S" murders proliferate, anonymous letters arrive linking the two original cases. In an election year, political pressure from the top increases, and the media join the philanthropist's wife, taking up the cry to bring the serial killer to justice. There are few surprises here, but Phillips is a skilled craftsman and follows in the footsteps of Ed McBain with this solid police procedural series.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Newly married and newly promoted, you'd think Lieutenant Jane Candiotti of the San Francisco Police Department should be feeling great. But her marriage partner, Inspector Kenny Marks, is also her work partner, whom she now supervises. The two are still feeling their way around this strange new dynamic when a prominent local philanthropist is murdered, and several less newsworthy citizens are killed in quick succession. Jane struggles to give equal time to all the crimes despite pressure from high places to concentrate on the "important" victim, and she becomes increasingly convinced that the deaths are all connected. An angry, rich widow; an inept new employee; and ongoing friction with the irritable chief add to her problems as the death toll mounts, and the killer starts to strike much too close to home. The plot in Phillips' third Candiotti novel may play a secondary role to Jane's personal and professional challenges, but this is still a solid entry in a popular series. Carrie Bissey
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But on to the story. I found it to be interesting and plausible. Jane and Kenny worked all the right angles in a police procedural and came to almost the right conclusion. But if they had, the story would not have lasted so that's just part of the pair's charm. And they picked up on the mistake pretty quickly although most readers will find it first. But if you read mysteries, you should anticipate the unexpected.
This was a good read and now I'm looking forward to the next one. If you read one of the first two and stopped, you might want to give this one a try.
I remembered more of the story than I thought. That took away some of the tension in this story, but the tension in areas I didn't remember didn't seem as strong here as it was in the earlier books.
It was, like the earlier books in the series, a good story but nothing fabulous.
I'll probably read the next book in the series if it comes my way
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