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Second Watch Mass Market Paperback – March 4, 2003
This month's Book With Buzz: "The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Woman in Cabin 10" comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, "The Lying Game." See more
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From Publishers Weekly
The second novel from former Seattle police officer Clausen (First Avenue) is equal parts police procedural and character study, and the two halves are balanced to perfection. Katherine Murphy, a cool, competent Seattle cop, has a new patrol, a new shift and a new partner: hard-as-nails Grace Stevens. When the partners discover the bodies of two children, sexually abused and placed in separate dumpsters, they become enmeshed in an undercover investigation that is chilling if far-fetched (readers may find it strange, for instance, that Katherine and Grace play more important roles in the investigation than the homicide detectives). Clausen devotes large portions of the narrative to character development, allowing his protagonists to become highly imagined characters with compelling desires and flaws. The supporting cast is fascinating as well: the tender-hearted Danish grocer, Rigmor, steals every scene she's in; and Dale, Kathleen's kind gay neighbor, is a voice of sanity in her increasingly insane life. Perhaps most interesting of all is Thomas Rosencrantz, a quirky, homeless intellectual who helps pinpoint the killer. This highly readable narrative moves more slowly than many books of its ilk, but readers will likely be too caught up in the characters' lives to care.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Clausen is a natural...with an authenticity only a real cop could convey. -- Ann Rule
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Top customer reviews
The Seattle locations are so accurate that I recognized most of them immediately before he even named them. I think I've even met some of the background characters who work there!
The story is a tough, gritty crime novel which has at its center some crimes which are not easy to watch transpire, so this is not a lightweight or casual book. It is, however, a very well-crafted novel which is at least as good as his first.
That's high praise indeed.
I want to meet the characters that inhabit this neighborhood again and again. (Please take the hint, Mr. Clausen!)
Clausen is not a typical shoot-em-up author, although he writes action extremely well, thank you.
However, characters and their relationships to one another provide the bedrock of his story. Many of his scenes are quiet and filled with description and emotion. He is one of the most thoughtful, intelligent mystery writers at the game today.
He created a place that I did not want to leave. While he was at it, he spun a very fine, enjoyable mystery yarn. One of the things I really appreciate about this book is that every single scene was real and believable. It all might actually have happened.
I think discerning readers like those who love Barbara Hambly, Elizabeth George and Peter Robinson would enjoy Lowen Clausen. Fans who read only the scream-ride books by James Patterson and Harlan Coben might not! I'm not a snob - I read Coben myself. But it's Clausen's next book that I'm looking forward to most.