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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Laurie King has won both critical and popular acclaim for her mysteries featuring San Francisco detective Kate Martinelli.

Looking forward to routine police work after her last terrifying case, Kate finds herself on the trail of vigilantes targeting abusive men in the San Francisco area. Kate has just returned to active duty after being injured on the job. Her girl-friend, Lee, has moved back into their home, and their relationship is on the mend. But the calm, predictable life Kate's looking forward to doesn't materialize.

The Ladies of Perpetual Disgruntlement is practicing a modern equivalent of tarring and feathering violent men who seem to have escaped justice. The police department finds their antics humorous until men that fit their profile start turning up dead. As Kate tries to stop the killing, her investigation leads her too close to home for comfort.

A winner of the Edgar Award, Laurie King fills her mysteries with vivid characters and more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan finds the perfect voice for the tough-as-nails detective.

Listen to another of Kate Martinelli's cases in The Art of Detection.
©2000 Laurie King; (P)2004 Recorded Books

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"Rich, multi-layered storytelling that informs while it entertains." (Washington Post Book World)

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 09-26-13

violence against women

This is the fourth book in the Martinelli series and I have read them in order. I have enjoyed the other books but this one, I feel, got hung up in the Hindi Gods particularly Kali the female avenger god. The books main theme was about battered women. I feel that King missed a great opportunity to go more in depth on the subject and use the book to educate men and women on the complicated problem. Instead, she went into discussions about the Hindi God Kali and some other female Gods. The characters have almost become people to me and each book feels like I have stopped by for a visit to find out what is going on in their lives. I did relate to Roz and her problems sitting down to work on her doctorial dissertation. As with the other books in the series the book had some action, suspense and humor. King is an excellent descriptive writer and I enjoy her books overall. Alyssa Bresnahan did a good job narrating the book. Look forward to the next in the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Needed more day work

This book was so slow and preachy that I skipped through it many times to get to the plot and then end. Not to mention the book skipped and repeated constantly. If you want to read a lover's story with a little murder mystery that was suppose to be the main story but was a sidebar get the book. The mystery was solved in 15 mins.

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Not the worse edited job but pretty bad

Unfortunately someone was asleep when they edited this book. Lines were repeated, spacing was incorrect, and it was obvious recordings were done at different times. It was distracting.

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Paid by the word.

Writing could have been tighter. In parts, too precious. The Martinelli character fades at the edges, reaching for it. Missed

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Series back on track

Laurie R. King and Alyssa Bresnahan have done it again. This is a good police procedural, but more than an average mystery. I highly recommend this book and series, but suggest you start with book one.

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Another good read

I like the detail, character development, the slow build to a surprise ending. Running out of books by L King. Write, write, write!