After a distinguished career in child psychology, Jonathan Kellerman turned to writing full-time, and there are now over thirty million copies of his novels in print. He is also the author of two volumes of psychology. He lives in Southern California with his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, and their four children.
Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor takes center stage in bestseller Kellerman's elaborate, suspenseful, albeit improbable, thriller. Connor, who assisted Kellerman's main series detective, psychologist Alex Delaware, in 2003's A Cold Heart, proves an engaging protagonist, fully capable of carrying a story on her own. She's investigating a seemingly random drive-by shooting that claimed four teenage victims when a precocious 22-year-old graduate student intern, Isaac Gomez, presents her with evidence that a serial killer has struck on the same day, June 28, every year for the past six years. Though his proof relies entirely on a statistical analysis he's performed, his unquestioned brilliance prompts Connor to do a little extracurricular digging that turns up suggestive clues supporting Gomez's theory. Meanwhile, after doggedly pursuing even the slightest lead in the drive-by shooting case, Connor suspects that one of the victims, perhaps the one who wasn't claimed by any next-of-kin, was deliberately targeted. While Connor finds the socially immature Gomez to be a challenging assistant, he displays considerable cool in the climactic showdown with the June 28 killer. Despite a last minute plot twist that comes out of left field, this is vintage Kellerman, sure to please his legions of fans. Agent, Barney Karpfinger. (Dec. 1) Forecast: A Literary Guild and Mystery Guild main selection, and a BOMC, QPB and Doubleday featured selection, this one should hit most bestseller lists. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Petra Connor (Billy Straight) returns as an LAPD homicide detective trying to solve an enduring mystery. Every June 28 for the last six years in Los Angeles, someone has been murdered. As the gruesome anniversary approaches, Connor teams with boy-wonder Isaac Gomez, a part-time LAPD intern. Gomez's statistical analysis convinces Connor that the annual murders are not coincidental, and Connor, in turn, shows Gomez what life is like inside the homicidal Los Angeles underworld. Just 22 and a year away from a dual Ph.D. in epidemiology and biostatistics, Gomez finds some of his most compelling research outside of the classroom. This work is sure to be another best seller for Kellerman, but it lacks some of the edge of his previous novels, owing perhaps to the absence of Delaware, a more dynamic protagonist than Connor. Still, Kellerman's trademarks of complex characterization and suspenseful twists recommends his latest novel to any fiction collection.-Ken Bolton, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.