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"I've got a weird one, so naturally I thought of you," says Milo Sturgis, summoning his friend Alex to the trendy gallery where a promising young artist has been brutally garroted on the night of her first major showing. What makes it "a weird one" is the lack of any obvious motive, and the luridly careful staging of the murder scene - which immediately suggests to Alex not an impulsive crime of passion, but the meticulous and taunting modus operandi of a serial killer. Delaware's suspicion is borne out when he compares notes with Milo's associate, Petra Connor, and her new partner Eric Stahl. The Hollywood cops are investigating the vicious death of Baby Boy Lee, a noted blues guitarist, fatally stabbed after a late-night set at a local club. What links Baby Boy's murder with that of painter Juliet Kipper is the shadowy presence of an abrasive fanzine writer. This alias-shrouded critic's love-the-art/disdain-the-artist philosophy and his morbid fascination with the murders leads Alex and the detectives to suspect they're facing a new breed of celebrity stalker: one with a fetish for snuffing out rising stars.Tracking down the killer proves to be maddening, with the twisting trail leading from halfway houses to palatial mansions and to the last place Alex ever expected: the doorstep of his ex-lover Robin Castagna. With the rising of Robin's own creative star, her role assumes a chilling new importance - as a prime target for the psychopath who's made cold-blooded murder his chosen art form.
© 2003 Jonathan Kellerman; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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By Amazon Customer on 05-22-03

A Cold Heart

I really liked the book, and especially liked the reader...I enjoyed all the different voices used in the reading. It makes it so much easier to follow than just the same voice all the way through. This is a typical Kellerman book with mystery, suspence, sex, Southern California and ethnic dining. Not as much Milo as in some of the past books, but still a good yarn, and a great listen. Petra is an interesting charcter, but not sure I like Allison..

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By Michael on 05-14-03

Not Bad but Could be Better

The story is an average cop after the serial killer story. It is interesting and fairly easy to follow. It has some good characters that are given some depth. The narrator is hard on the ears through the first half of the book but gets better. I would only recommend this book if you are a big cop after the murderer story lover.

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17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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