KISS THEM GOOD-BYE by Joseph Eastburn


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 Rookie Buffalo police Lt. Nick Fowler, pulled in from vacationing in Ravenstown, New York, to investigate a nasty, ritualistic murder of a prep-school boy, can't believe the mounting evidence that 14-year- old Cary Ballard, still mourning his long-dead father, is the killer. So Fowler, who's never gotten the straight facts behind his own father's death, defies the local cops he's supposed to be working with, suppresses his incriminating interview notes, and so antagonizes ``Arthur Murray'' (as treacherous local reporter Maureen McCauley dubs the murderer after Fowler demonstrates--and she leaks--the news that he dances with his victims post-mortem) that Arthur starts a taunting correspondence with Fowler promising still more victims, culminating with Fowler. A first novel that may just sound familiar. But maybe you'll like the trimmings--a clown disguise, eviscerations, hints of incest, and the full panoply of sideshow horrors.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-04598-7
Page count: 324pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993