Books by Kate Green

BLACK DREAMS by Kate Green
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

Green's (Night Angel, 1989, etc.) hardcover introduction to psychic Theresa Fortunato, whose listening/learning/fact-finding process shares more with psychoanalytic methods than New Age-ism. Here, she's attuned to young Tory DeLisi, who's been abducted from her hospital bed before tests can pinpoint why she's always so ill. Tory's divorced parents—the bitterly feuding Ellen and Joe—are sent to Theresa through a child-search organization; and while Theresa wrestles with their ``darkness,'' Lt. Oliver Jardin, of the LAPD (also from the paperback Shattered Moon, 1986), discovers that Theresa's ``images'' tie in with the murder of antiques-dealer Gerald Oslin. Another murder will be revealed, a family history of a bizarre psychological phenomenon (the ``Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy'') will come to light, and romantic stirrings will surface before Theresa, Tory, and her seriously crazed abductor meet up at the Orange County ferris wheel.... Suspenseful and insightful. In the hands of a less talented author, Theresa's ``gift'' would seem little more than a gimmick; here, it deepens characterization. Read full book review >
Released: May 6, 1992

A fraught-with-pretensions tale of movie mayhem from Green (Night Angel, 1989, etc.) in which life imitates art imitates life, etc. Here, actress Nyla Wyatt is currently working in Santa Fe with avant-garde director Leonard Jacobs, her former mentor and lover, as he improvises scene after scene of Trial and Error to reflect his cast's mishaps, obsessions, and fears. Then an actress who switches roles with Nyla is murdered (a similar fate befell another actress in a previous Jacobs/Nyla collaboration). Meanwhile, a crazy fan is escalating his demented pursuit of Nyla (first letters, then videotapes, then potshots at her car, etc.), and pi. Harm Bohland is called in to protect her. Harm suspects the director, his screenwriter wife, the assistant director, Nyla's agent, even her alcoholic, former star mother—everyone, in fact, but the guilty party. Several more will die before Harm and Nyla and the cops get the goods on the baddies—on film, of course. One more entry in the illusion-is-truth genre, meant to be tantalizing but, in this case, merely tedious. Read full book review >
NIGHT ANGEL by Kate Green
Released: Feb. 15, 1989

A Jungian approach to Haight Ashbury, early 70's Berkeley group-living, and the darker self. Back then, Maggie, Jesse, Lora, Dennis, Rob, Quinn, Cody, Sandy, Peter, and Lily shared a house, drugs, lovers and almost everything else. Peter, Lily, and Sandy (surprisingly) OD'd, and Jesse disappeared. Fifteen years later, Lora died in a boating accident and when her remains bobbled up a year after, everyone reconvened—even the corpse! Soon Lora is dead for real, and brother Rob and husband Dennis suspect each other; Dennis' present lover Jesse, an artist/witch, is framed; and Maggie, trying to piece together the tale, is continually threatened: phone calls, snipers, booby-trapped car, etc. As masks peel away, true identities emerge: FBI informers, with arms-and-drug-runners among them. Several deaths later, Maggie and Jesse—the good forces of light—confront the dark force of evil in a backyard, neon-illuminated ritual engagement. Interesting and effective use of Jung's shadow self, myth, and superstition—primarily as tantalizing clues. A strong, imaginative hard-cover debut (following the paperback Shattered Moon) that treats voodoo, magic, and death with the seriousness they deserve. Read full book review >