A GRAVE TALENT by Laurie R. King

A GRAVE TALENT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 After the third body of a strangled child is found on the grounds of self-proclaimed feudal lord John Tyler, the police focus on the members of his closed community--especially on a woman named Vaun Adams, a brilliant painter who's already served eight years for murdering a young girl. But Vaun's supposed suicide attempt during a furious storm doesn't fool San Francisco cop Kate Martinelli, who-- with the help of Vaun's beloved therapist Gerry Bruckner, Kate's no- nonsense partner Alonzo Hawkin, and her live-in Lee Cooper, a psychiatrist who works with artists--rescues Vaun, brings her out of her catatonic withdrawal, and sets her up as a Judas goat for her murderous former lover Andy Lewis. Unusually sensitive and densely imagined--you really can feel Vaun's torment--despite King's first-novelist habit of explaining her characters a little too generously.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-08804-3
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1992




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