A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King

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In Laurie R. King's Grave Talent, the unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. A series of shocking murders has occurred, the victims far too innocent and defenseless. For lesbian Detective Kate Martinelli, just promoted to Homicide and paired with a seasoned cop who’s less than thrilled to be handed a green partner, it’s a difficult case that just keeps getting harder.

Then the police receive what appears to be a case-breaking lead: it seems that one of the residents of this odd colony is Vaun Adams, arguably the century’s greatest woman painter and a notorious felon once convicted of a heinous crime.

But what really happened eighteen years ago? To bring a murderer to justice, Kate must delve into the artist’s dark past—even if it means losing everything she holds dear.


About Laurie R. King

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Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of eight Mary Russell mysteries, four contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, and the bestselling novels A Darker Place, Folly, and Keeping Watch. She lives in northern California.From the Hardcover edition.
Published April 1, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But Vaun's supposed suicide attempt during a furious storm doesn't fool San Francisco cop Kate Martinelli, who-- with the help of Vaun's beloved therapist Gerry Bruckner, Kate's no- nonsense partner Alonzo Hawkin, and her live-in Lee Cooper, a psychiatrist who works with artists--rescues Vaun, br...

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Young cop Casey Martinelli and her embittered, tyrannical partner Alonzo Hawkins think they've identified the perfect suspect in Vaun Adams, the community's resident artist, who once was convicted of murdering a child and who is secretive even by the standards of her weird neighbors.

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