Lifeless bodies sprawl in a dance-club parking lot after a brutal L.A. drive-by. Of the four seemingly random victims, one stands out: a girl with pink shoes who cannot be identified, and who, days later, remains a Jane Doe. With zero leads and no apparent motive, it's another case destined for the cold file, until Petra decides to follow her instincts and descends into a world of traveling grifters and bloodthirsty killers, pursuing a possible eyewitness whose life is in mortal danger.
Finding her elusive quarry alive isn't all Petra has on her plate: departmental politics threatens to sabotage her case, and her personal life isn't doing much better. If all that wasn't enough, Isaac Gomez, a whiz-kid grad student researching homicide statistics at the station house, is convinced he's stumbled upon a bizarre connection between several unsolved murders. The victims had nothing in common, yet each died by the same method, on the same date, a date that's rapidly approaching again. And that leaves Petra with little time to unravel the twisted logic of a cunning predator who's evaded detection for years, and whose terrible hour is once more at hand.
©2004 Jonathan Kellerman; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a divison of Random House, Inc.
I love mysteries, and am not a very hard critic, But the reader of this novel brings this story down. She reads every line as if we are at a point of dramatic alarm -- this gets old by the end of the first 2 minutes and accentuates how much filler this story has.
This reader is awful! I'll make sure I don't pick another book that she narrates. Once past that, and it took awhile, the book was good. I liked the Petra Conner character.
Another great Kellerman novel--fascinating plot, excellent character development, a psychological masterpiece. Although I thought I would, I didn't even miss Alex Delaware, who was mentioned only in passing once or twice but never actually appeared in this novel.
Hopefully, we will see more of Petra Conner, Eric Stoll and, yes, Isaac Gomez! They are as captivating a team as Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware.
I agree with another reviewer --- the reader of this book is AWFUL. I have no idea whether the book itself is good or not because so many passages were ruined by the reader's tone --- it was mono or it was pitched, but it was never appropriate.
I will be sure to never purchase a title read by Ms Crouse ever again.
We bought this for a long trip over Christmas for entertainment and to keep us awake. That was a serious mistake. This is the most boring Kellerman I've read (listened to). The detail wanders all over everywhere and the plot was practically invisible.
Save your money and get the DeMille
One if the worst books I have downloaded - mostly be cause of the reader - she is awful
While I think the actor Lindsey Crouse is very good (seen her in lot's of movies and TV), she was a very dull narrator. Still that could have been overlooked if the plot were not so predictable. I'm usually not great at guessing who the villian is, but in this case I was so far ahead of the lead detective Petra O'Conner and her sidekick Issac Gomez, that they began to look like fools. Way to much on their personal lives, which was pretty routine. Lots of glaring set-ups and silly false leads. Near the end, a booklet shows up to explain everything, just like out of an old melodrama, and I just thought Kellerman was really bored writing this one! Better to re-listen to "Billy Straight"
I have to say right off that I loved the character of Petra Connor in "Billy Straight", and I'm thrilled that she's the main focus for this book. Yes, the narrator is rather annoying, and if there is a god, she won't read anymore books worth hearing. BUT, this is still a pretty good Kellerman book.
Overall, some of his other books have kept me more on the edge of my seat, but as far as mystery novels go, I'd say this one holds up. I've always liked Kellerman's style, and I would rank him above some of his peers like James Patterson (who I do like, btw). If you want a change of pace with this seldom used character, I would highly recommend this book to you. Just try to get past the narrator and concentrate on the story. It can be done. Trust me.
Nothing personal against the narrator but she is THE most boring speaker I've ever listened to. The story might actually be pretty good but it's torture listening to this person. I still have 5 hrs. to go and I will finish it but I will definitely check to make sure I never get another audiobook with this narrator.
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