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Laurie R. King

To Play the Fool

Laurie R. King To Play The Fool
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Series:

A Kate Martinelli Mystery

Biographical note:

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve Mary Russell mysteries, beginning with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, and five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, including To Play the Fool, A Grave Talent, and With Child. An Edgar Award winner, she lives in Northern California, and her new novel, The Bones of Paris will be published September 2013.

Main description:

THE SECOND BOOK IN THE KATE MARTINELLI MYSTERY SERIES

When a band of homeless people cremate a beloved dog in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the authorities are willing to overlook a few broken regulations. But three weeks later, when the dog’s owner gets the same fiery send-off, the SFPD has a real headache on its hands. The autopsy suggests homicide, but Inspector Kate Martinelli and her partner, Al Hawkin, have little else to go on. They have a homeless victim without a positive ID, a group of witnesses who have little love for the cops, and a possible suspect, known only as Brother Erasmus, who is certainly articulate, but difficult to understand.

Erasmus, Kate learns, is well acquainted with the park's homeless and with the rarified atmosphere of Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, yet he is an enigma to all. He has a genius for blending with his surroundings, yet he stands out wherever he goes. He is by no means crazy—but he is a Fool. Kate begins the frustrating task of interrogating a man who communicates only through quotations. In Laurie R. King's To Play the Fool, trying to learn something of his history leads Kate along a twisting road to a disbanded cult, long-buried secrets, the thirst for spirituality, and the hunger for bloody vengeance.

Review quote:

“Beautifully written, with clearly defined and engaging characters.”—The Boston Globe

“Its characters, and its language, linger in the mind long after more conventional entries in the genre are gone.”—San Jose Mercury News


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