A Grave Talent
This gripping debut of the Kate Martinelli mystery series won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery, generating wide critical acclaim and moving Laurie R. King into the upper tier of the genre. As A Grave Talent begins, the unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco.... show more
This gripping debut of the Kate Martinelli mystery series won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery, generating wide critical acclaim and moving Laurie R. King into the upper tier of the genre. As A Grave Talent begins, the unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. A string of shocking murders has occurred, each victim an innocent child. For Detective Kate Martinelli, just promoted to Homicide and paired with a seasoned cop who's less than thrilled to be handed a green partner, it's going to be a difficult case. Then the detectives receive what appears to be a case-breaking lead: it seems that one of the residents of this odd, close-knit colony is Vaun Adams, arguably the century's greatest painter of women, a man, as it turns out, with a sinister secret. For behind the brushes and canvases also stands a notorious felon once convicted of strangling a little girl. What really happened on that day of savage violence eighteen years ago? To bring a murderer to justice, Kate must delve into the artist's dark past--even if she knows it means losing everything she holds dear.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: July 1st 1995
Pages no: 342
Edition language: English
Series: Kate Martinelli (#1)
Another brilliant read, full of characters, places, and situations that it's a joy to get to know. While I love the Mary Russell character/stories best, this near-present-day urban mystery is beautifully written, elaborately detailed and philosophically complex. Reaching for the next already!
I have read several of Laurie R. King's books, but decided to go back and read her now 20-year-old debut novel.The good news is that it definitely holds up with time.This book is introduction of King's female police officer, Kate Martinelli. She's brought in to be the public face in charge of invest...
This review was originally posted on amazon on June 13, 2012: ***Plot Summary***This is the first book in the Kate Martinelli series, set in San Francisco. When a third child ends up a victim of a homicide, Kate, newly promoted, is called into the investigation with her partner, Al. The bodies of ...
I really tried getting into this book. I just couldn't, which was a shame. I found the premise to be promising, but unfortunately the writing felt off, boring and very hard to keep my attention on the book. I made it to chapter 23 and found that I just didn't care one way or the other about what was...
The characterization is nice & the writing is good, but the mystery plot line is a bit too conventional imo.