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Tuesday's Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel Hardcover – April 4, 2013

4.2 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Frieda Klein Series

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*Starred Review* London police seem to have an open-and-shut case when the body of a naked man, who was apparently tortured and murdered, is found in the home of a mentally ill woman. But DCI Malcolm Karlsson isn’t so sure, so he again turns to psychotherapist Frieda Klein to serve as a consultant. When the victim is identified as an extraordinarily empathetic con man who had assumed a false identity, multiple suspects emerge. As Klein brings her expertise to bear on the murder, she’s getting bad press for her previous work with police involving an identical-twin serial killer (see Blue Monday, 2012), a matter that still literally haunts her. At the same time, both Karlsson and Klein are dealing with difficult personal matters, and a cutback in police funding looms. The husband-and-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French skillfully melds police procedural and psychological suspense, and the Frieda Klein series provides the opportunity for greater concentration on character development, particularly with a protagonist whose profession is probing the human psyche. Psychological suspense at its best, with full-bodied characters and a closing cliffhanger, will leave fans waiting to see what Wednesday will bring. --Michele Leber


Praise for TUESDAY'S GONE:

"A fiercely intelligent, multilayered thriller."

"Seamlessly mixes a foreboding tone and deliberate pacing with deft plot twists that should leave readers pleasantly chilled to the bone."
Publishers Weekly

"Starts as a grim psychological thriller in the vein of Dennis Lehane’s darker novels and turns into a fascinating puzzle in which character analysis holds sway. Highly recommended for fans of psychological suspense who enjoy a complex protagonist."
Library Journal (starred review)

"The plotting is fast-paced with surprises galore, and characters literally come to life on the pages. . . . When readers are through, they will find themselves waiting impatiently for Wednesday to arrive!"
Suspense Magazine

"If you are looking for wickedly inventive crime fiction, you need look no further than the writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French . . . Unless you are into tension, paranoia and burning the midnight oil to finish a book, don’t embark on reading Tuesday’s Gone after suppertime!"

"Tuesday’s Gone is one of those great, great books in the mystery genre wherein the more you know, the less you know—peel back one stratum and you cannot shovel fast enough to get into the next, which reveals anything but what you expected. French takes the novel on a number of unexpected twists and turns, not the least of which relates back to BLUE MONDAY, which, as it turns out, didn’t quite end on its last page."

Praise for BLUE MONDAY by Nicci French:

“Fast-paced and spooky…it leaves readers with the promise of intriguing tales to come.”
People (****)

“A neat puzzle with a satisfying resolution and a terrific twist at the end.”
The New York Times Book Review

“[A] superb psychological thriller . . . With its brooding atmosphere, sustained suspense, last-minute plot twist, and memorable cast of characters, this series debut will leave readers eager to discover what color Tuesday will be.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“With its smart plot, crisp prose, and a stunning final twist, this is psychological suspense at its best. Absolutely riveting.”
Booklist, starred review

“This is psychological suspense done right. The authors pace themselves and build the tension slowly while carefully developing each of the players. For fans of Tana French’s and Lisa Gardner’s moody, dark, twisty thrillers.”
Library Journal

“Complex and flawed, Frieda Klein is a refreshingly human protagonist, an intriguing debut for a truly unique character.”
Tami Hoag, bestselling author of Down the Darkest Road

“A searing psychological thriller in the rich vein of Kate Atkinson and Laura Lippman, Blue Monday is powerful and gripping—a page-turner with heart and soul.  Psychotherapist Frieda Klein is an enormously appealing new series hero.”
Joseph Finder, bestselling author of Buried Secrets

“Unrelenting . . . unnerving . . .  unforgettable. Psychological dynamite.”
Alan Bradley, bestselling author of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

“Nicci French creates a haunting and complex psychological puzzle about memory and heredity, with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end.  This gripping thriller certainly bodes well for the future of the series and I look forward to reading more about unlikely heroine Frieda Klein.”
Camilla Läckberg, bestselling author of The Ice Princess

“A fabulous, unsettling, and riveting look at motives and memory and relationships. And what drives people to do the unthinkable.”
Louise Penny, bestselling author of A Trick of the Light

“Nicci French is undeniably at the top of British psychological suspense writing.”
The Observer (UK)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books (April 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670025674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670025671
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Tuesday's Gone picks up around a year after the events of Blue Monday, which introduced psychiatrist Dr Frieda Klein who reluctantly became involved in a police investigation involving one of her clients and an abducted boy. In the midst of a cold London winter, DCI Karlsson asks Frieda to speak with a disturbed woman found caring for a naked, rotting corpse in her flat, unable to provide a coherent statement. Deciphering Michelle Doyce's rambling leads Freida and Karlsson's team to identify the victim as Robert Poole, but further investigation reveals the man was a scheming conman using a stolen identity. Under pressure due to looming budget cuts, the police are ordered to charge the mentally ill woman with murder and close the case but Frieda believes Michelle innocent and continues to pull at the exposed threads of the investigation.

Nothing is simple in this case, as the investigation into 'Bob Poole' reveals a lonely elderly lady swindled of over a hundred thousand dollars, a young wife and mother who succumbed to his charms and a vulnerable neighbour who misses the kind man who visited her regularly. Karlsson is under pressure to ignore Frieda's suspicions but trusts her instincts that there is something more sinister happening.
As well as the storyline involving the murdered confidence man, somewhere a young woman waits for the return of her lover, Karlsson is frustrated by custody issues and Josef has returned from Kiev, a broken man.
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I have been a long-time fan of the Nicci French collective, but I must confess that last year's U.S. premiere of BLUE MONDAY, the inaugural volume in the Frieda Klein series, took my appreciation to an entirely new level. French, the collaborative moniker of husband and wife writing team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, excelled in their stand-alone work. But the quirky, reclusive Klein, who is difficult to know though easy to appreciate, brings a welcome off-kilter viewpoint to her off-the-books investigations, one that is not always appreciated by the powers-that-be in her home base of London. TUESDAY'S GONE, the sophomore effort in the series, takes place about a year after BLUE MONDAY, and finds Klein somewhat pensive, continuing her practice as a clinical psychologist without any involvement in police matters. Until now, that is.

TUESDAY'S GONE opens with a chapter that you will not soon forget, no matter how jaded you are. I won't give it all away, other than to say that a London social worker doing some home health visits makes an extremely grisly and bizarre discovery at the flat of Michelle Doyce. Doyce introduces the worker to a rapidly decomposing body and then proceeds to serve afternoon tea to the corpse. London Detective Chief Inspector Mal Karlsson is in charge of the investigation, which is brick wall material, given that the corpse is not only unidentified, but also unidentifiable. He brings in Frieda Klein to try to make some sense of Doyce's muttered and generally incomprehensible rambling, but even Klein is unable to cobble together anything resembling a clue from her.

At least, that is true at first.
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I enjoyed this second book in Nicci French's Frieda Klein series. Although not essential, it will help if you have read Blue Monday first (even though it's not quite as good) because there are personal and plot issues which carry on from there.

The plot of Tuesday's Dead is well summarized elsewhere on this page and again involves psychotherapist Frieda Klein reluctantly assisting with a police investigation. The book hits its stride straight away and I was very quickly drawn in and thoroughly gripped for most of the time. Frieda's character develops well and more naturally this time without all the slightly laboured scene-setting of the previous book. Tension builds nicely and the plot is well developed with a couple of genuinely clever twists and Nicci French's characteristic excellent writing and sense of pace.

Once the main mystery is solved there is a frankly rather silly coda of about 50 pages whose purpose seems to be to provide the apparently mandatory Investigator In Peril Climax and to further the through-plot which looks as though it may run for the whole series. I didn't think it added much and I would have preferred the book without it, but it didn't ruin the book either and this remains a very well written, involving thriller which I recommend warmly.
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I liked Blue Monday a lot; in fact, I've liked most of the books written by this husband and wife team. Characters are always interesting, humanly flawed, well developed; and plots twist and turn this way and that, making it difficult for even the most detail-oriented reader to guess what's going to finally happen. Although this one did not provide quite as much of a surprise punch as Blue Monday, it was certainly an enjoyable read. The Nicci French team is the British version of Patricia Cornwell. Frieda Klein, psychotherapist, sometimes police consultant is, like Kay Scarpetta, smart, interesting, strong willed, likeable, and annoying all in the same breath. Both characters obsess over their numerous relationships and their professional effect on others. Both have an obsession that relieves the tensions of their professional lives -- Scarpetta's cooking, Klein's walking. Both provide an endless amount of fuel for yet another fire, and this book sets the reader up quite nicely for the next entry in the series. I'm looking forward to the forthcoming "Wednesday" edition. Don't try to skim quickly through this book. Stop and consider the numerous characters and the details, the changing point of view, or you'll surely miss something along the way and find yourself puzzled or searching frantically back for what you missed. If you're a Cornwell fan, you'll love the Nicci French offerings as well.
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