VIOLENT LOVE by Jerry Oster


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 The calculating title-a Lincoln's Doctor's Dog for the 90's-and the raunchy, upscale gothic trimmings conceal a pretty ordinary plot: Are the dismembering of glamorous Karen Justice (the first of eleven K`s revealed as the cast kills each other off) and the years-since disappearance of crooked cop Blond Tommy Muldoon's wife Rae the work of nasty photog/black-widower Diana Romero-who had taken up with Blond Tommy before Rae vanished, and whom savvy, paunchy cop Joe Cullen spies offering genital solace to Karen's grieving widower, hotshot Tv newsman Tony Justice, at Karen's funeral? Or are the culprits the heavy-breathing yuppie gays who would kill to protect their membership in a well-heeled S/M club? The tangled-yet-simple plot, though never convincing, will keep you off balance until the very end, and the style runs over you like a Day-Glo steamroller. Fans of Oster's Club Dead and Internal Affairs won't be disappointed by this high-class sleaze.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-553-07127-0
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Bantam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1991