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  • Mass Market Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (Mm); Reprint edition (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425158993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425158999
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.8 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,590,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Long before high-profile lesbian cops such as Laurie R. King's Kate Martinelli were fighting for our attention, a former Marine turned Los Angeles police detective named Kate Delafield was doing some quietly effective ground-breaking of her own under the expert guidance of Katherine V. Forrest. In Liberty Square, Delafield is in Washington, D.C., for the 25th anniversary reunion of her old Vietnam outfit. When all hell breaks loose, it's Kate the cop who has to sort it out. Forrest's writing is spare and her characters come to life quickly. Other Delafield books in paperback include Amateur City, The Beverly Malibu, Murder at the Nightwood Bar, and Murder by Tradition.

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By Maria TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"At the urging of her lover, Aimee Grant, Kate reluctantly attends a 25th reunion of those she served with in Vietnam, an event she's avoided to keep her memories at bay, and the past shrouded in stoic silence. But amidst the autumnal damp of Washington, Kate's reticence turns to terror when their hotel room door is sprayed with bullets. Then one of the reunion guests is murdered - and it doesn't take long for the D.C. cops to determine that everyone in their group is a suspect, including Kate. As a cop on the inside, Kate pursues professionally what she's already discovered personally: that the price of freedom means she must solve a heinous crime to put fear to rest - and save her and Aimee's life... Katherine V. Forrest explores the cold heart of murder - and the landscape of a lesbian relationship - in a mystery that makes its mark as both compelling entertainment and fine literature."

Another good addition to the series, although this one is not quite as "fluent" as her previous installments. Saying that, the Kate Delafield series is still among my favourites with the Micky Knight, Robin Miller and Jane Lawless books.

The series so far:
1. Amateur City (1984)
2. Murder At the Nightwood Bar (1986)
3. The Beverly Malibu (1989)
4. Murder By Tradition (1991)
5. Liberty Square (1996)
6. Apparition Alley (1997)
7. Sleeping Bones (1999)
8. Hancock Park (2004)
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The 7th Kate Delafield Mystery.

At the urging of her lover, Aimee Grant, Kate reluctantly attends a 25th reunion of those she served with in Vietnam, an event she's avoided to suppress painful memories.

At the Washington, D.C., reunion Kate's reticence turns to terror when their hotel room door is spattered with bullets.

Then one of the reunion guests is murdered - and everyone in their group is a suspect, including Kate.

As a cop on the inside, Kate must solve a heinous crime to put fear to rest - and to save her and Aimee's life...

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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Liberty Square was a good idea squeezed into too few pages. Memories of the war in Vietnam weren't really fleshed out, leaving me with the feeling that Forrest was rushed or over edited. The plot twists held a good number of surprise, but I would have liked to see the other characters (especially the male characters) more fully drawn. I've only read one other book by Katherine Forrest so her references to past events in Kate Delafield's life left me both curious and frustrated. I don't mind reading past books, but I don't think it should be necessary in order for me to understand what motivates the main character or where she is in her life. Especially if that past is vital to the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Amazing mystery plot and resolution 23 July 1998
By John Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My Hobby is mystery reading. I think Liberty Square is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. Katherine V. Forrest, this two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Mystery, continues to surprise me. The best part of the book is the expertly crafted mystery itself. I kept asking myself: "How can this be?" But in the end the solution of the mystery sounds extremely plausible and satisfying. Trust me, you will not guess the solution yet the author keeps nothing hidden. The characterization is well done; the personal banter of Kate Delafield, the detective, is an exciting complement to the mystery; the author's descriptions of locale pull one into the story. In addition to reading a very satisfying mystery, I always learn a lot about life when I read a Katherine V. Forrest book. I have never reviewed a book before but this is one I can't let go.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not for the squemish 15 Aug. 2001
By carlaf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Aimee Grant, Kate's partner, and a friend from Vietnam, Melanie conspire to get Kate to attend a 25th anniversary of people who worked together in Vietnam in 1968-1969, the most difficult time of the war. From previous Kate Delafied books, we know that Kate is reluctant to talk about this time, which puts a strain on her personal life. Even with Aimee, she can't talk about it. She wants to shelter her from the horrors and horror it is. If you know nothing about Vietnam, which I didn't this book is an education, especially about the contribution made by the women which is belitted even by the men who worked with them. In this book, we also get some insight into Aimee, which I found very interesting and I ended up liking Aimee even more than I did in Delafield's two previous books in which she appeared, "The Beverly Malibu" and "Murder by Tradition". Kate can't see that by not sharing with Aimee she is not protecting her but shutting her out. Although all the clues are there, the solution of the murder will probably be a surprise. The ending where Kate and her friends and Aimee visit the Vietnam War Memorial is very moving. Another fine selection in the Delafied series and a bit more insight into Kate's life, fears and experiences.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kate Delafield uncovered... 13 Oct. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Those looking for Katherine Forrest's standard fare of lesbian erotica superbly couched in a believable mystery will be disappointed by Liberty Square. Sex is barely mentioned here -- but what does "come out", so to speak, is an in-depth look at the character of Kate Delafield. Why did she go to VietNam (a part of her past only alluded to in other Delafield mysteries)? What was the impact of that experience on her life as a police officer? As a lesbian? As a woman? Who were the influences of her early adulthood?
Taking place over the course of an evening, Liberty Square is a psychological study of Kate Delafield and the people who helped her become the woman she is. Forrest displays her considerable talent for character development, creating believable dialogue and plenty of tension. The actual murder is almost secondary; like Amy, Kate's lover, we finally are allowed into the mind and heart of this formidable detective. Liberty Square deepens the character of Kate Delafield and answers many questions raised in earlier pieces.
Katherine Forrest has done good work in Liberty Square -- but not, I think, her best work. The basic premise of the murder is strained at best -- but not unbelievable. The night-long converstion, while necessary to provide clues to the murder, can become tiresome, especially to those who have not been wondering who Kate Dealfield really, really, REALLY is. And finally, some of the secondary characters seem a bit one- or two-dimensional; a necessity, to be sure; but somehow disappointing from Forrest, a master at character development.
All-in-all, Liberty Square is an entertaining read for those who appreciate in-depth character development. I would suggest, however, that one should read all the Kate Delafield mysteries in order to receive the full effect of Forrest's revelations.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Too much talk, not enough plot. 26 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was mildly disppointed in the fifth Kate Delafield mystery. Unlike the four previous volumes, Liberty Square did not always keep me on the edge of my seat. The main problem, it seems to me, is that a full 25% of the book is devoted to -- literally -- Old War Stories. On the up side, the plot twists that do occur are clever and unexpected, and Forrest's depictions of realistic lesbian characters and relationships continue to ring true.

All in all, this material would have made a great novella or short story, but with page after page about how tough it was back in Nam, it doesn't make a very good mystery novel, or at least not as good as the previous installments. Read the stunning "Murder at the Nightwood Bar" instead! Or, better yet, start at the beginning and read the entire series in order, and by the time you get to "Liberty Square" you'll be so involved in the characters that you won't mind that it's a little slow-paced.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Liberty Square 9 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Perhaps I haven't read too many books, but this is the first book I've read that mentioned a same sex relationship. I thought I was reading the wrong words at first. It was really interesting. I wasn't too comfortable with it at first, then later on I got used to it. I give the author all the props for such a different approach. The mystery itself isn't bad either. It wasn't putting me to sleep. The beginning was catching my attention already, it wasn't one of those typical boring openings. It was a good book.
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