Drawing on rich dialogue and stunning mysteries that are as believable as they are horrifying, Laurie R. King’s series have attracted national attention and praise. Her Edgar Award-winning style is fully evident in With Child, the gripping sequel to A Grave Talent.
Slowly recovering from a paralyzing gunshot wound, Kate’s companion, Lee, has moved out of their house, leaving the San Francisco detective bewildered and alone. During this enforced solitude, Kate agrees to take care of a precocious 12-year-old girl while her parents are on vacation. When the girl disappears, Kate begins a desperate search for clues to the young victim’s whereabouts.
Laurie R. King creates stories that rise far above the standard suspense fare. In With Child, the combination of personal dilemmas and a perilous search takes Kate Martinelli to the very edge of her strength and courage.
©1996 Laurie R. King (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC
This is a reasonably story, reasonably well told. Had 1/4 of it been trimmed, it would be better. I suppose LRK has gotten to the point that her editors don't edit.
Cut a lot of the useless, meandering detail.
Kate, of course
Find a good editor.
I think a lot of the detail is just that, detail. It does not add. Chopping 1/4 of it would have made it better. And the plotting is a bit something. So, Kate sends pics to Al, without explaining anything. Or, in an uncharacteristic act, she leaves her bleeper behind when she goes off with Lee. Duh. Or she goes from investigating Jules' computer, to running away from that to be with Al, who doesn't want her there, to going back to that without resolution, to constantly talking to Dio. Who, thinking Jules dead, finally, finally coughs up evidence. The simple fact is that, if it were real, the cops would have been all over Dio, Jules' computer files. This could have done with several less layers. And less going from one thread to another. It was choppy and awkward. It was tedious towards the end.
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