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Murder by Tradition Paperback – 10 May 1993


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (10 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586217789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586217788
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,557,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Young Teddie Crawford is found brutally murdered in a restaurant kitchen awash with blood…

Tracking down the likely culprit is surprisingly easy but, as the suspect claims self-confidence – that Teddie made a homosexual advance at knifepoint – bringing the killer to justice will prove to be altogether more complicated… even if all the evidence does point to a murder with intent.

Tough and resilient, LAPD detective Kate Delafield moves into action, persuading her colleagues to pursue the murderer of a homosexual with their usual vigour. Then the investigation brings her face to face with an old friend… a man who has the power to reveal her former life – and expose everything she has fought so carefully to conceal…

‘A well-crafted mystery… underscoring powerful current issues’
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

‘A smart, sexy book for delafield fans’
BOOKLIST

The Kate Delafield Mysteries:
• Amateur City
• Murder at the Nightwood Bar
• The Beverly Malibu
• Murder by Tradition


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 1997
Format: Paperback
_Murder by Tradition_ is an excellent fictionalized account of an actual, brutal, premeditated murder of a gay man, for no reason other than the fact that he was gay. The story is very well told and I didn't want to put the book down from beginning to end.
The first half is devoted to the discovery of the facts of the case and of the identity of the killer. The second half the story of the trial. The suspense is not in discovering the identity of the gaybasher, but in whether or not he will escape punishment.
The victim was stabbed 39 times and bled to death, but the killer has deep wounds on his own hands and claims he was defending himself from a gay man who tried to force him to have sex. There were no witnesses. Can Detective Kate Delafield discover the clues that will convince a jury of what really happened?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Books4women on 1 Mar. 2010
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The 4th Kate Delafield mystery

Young Teddie Crawford is dead from multiple stab wounds in a restaurant kitchen awash with blood. LAPD homicide detective Kate Delafield is relentless in her pursuit and capture of his killer. But bringing that killer to justice presents a whole new set of obstacles.

The suspect claims self-defence - that Teddie Crawford made a homosexual advance and backed it up with a knife. Yet everything Kate learns about Teddie Crawford tells her that his attacker killed with deliberate intent.

Kate finds herself increasingly isolated as she tries to sheild her young lover from the bruital realities of this case. And to develop proof of 1st degree murder, she must find clear answers to mystifing questions for the prosecting attorney - a woman who has never before prosecuted a homicide case.

Kate faces even greater pressure. No one especially Kates partner, Ed Taylor, is anxious to aggresively pursue a case involving a dead gay man and his gay associates. She herself has a personal stake in the trial: the defence attorney is a man from her past.

A man with the power to expose the private life she has kept so separate from her life as a police officers.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent fictionalized account of a real murder 26 Nov. 1997
By Duane Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
_Murder by Tradition_ is an excellent fictionalized account of an actual, brutal, premeditated murder of a gay man, for no reason other than the fact that he was gay. The story is very well told and I didn't want to put the book down from beginning to end.
The first half is devoted to the discovery of the facts of the case and of the identity of the killer. The second half the story of the trial. The suspense is not in discovering the identity of the gaybasher, but in whether or not he will escape punishment.
The victim was stabbed 39 times and bled to death, but the killer has deep wounds on his own hands and claims he was defending himself from a gay man who tried to force him to have sex. There were no witnesses. Can Detective Kate Delafield discover the clues that will convince a jury of what really happened?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More than just a mystery 15 Aug. 2001
By carlaf - Published on Amazon.com
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Katherine V. Forrest, in her Kate Delafield series manages to present a tight, taut mystery along with a political statement, which she doesn't present in a heavy-handed manner. The two just seem to blend seemlessly and if you want to ignore the message (if you can), then you can simply enjoy the mystery. Kate and her dullard partner, Ed Taylor, investigate the murder of Teddie Crawford, a very "out" gay man. In fact, even he calls himself a queen. Teddie was stabbed about 40 times, which indicates to Kate that it was more than just a simple robbery. The first half of the book describes Kate and Ed cornering the killer. The fact that the killer, himself, was hurt badly is a big help to Kate as well as the description given by one of Teddie friends, Gloria. Watching Kate using her interrogative skills to trap this man is very tense, especially since she knows that without a confession all they have is circumstantial evidence. As good as the "law" part of the story is, the "order" part is really more fascinating and suspenseful. Kate has found out that the killer's attorney is someone she knows slightly but someone who knows her secret. Throughout the trial, she wonders how he will try to bring it out and taint her testimony. Sadly, no matter what the outcome of this fictional trial, Forrest shows that gaybashing is alive and well in these United States.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the most meaningful... 5 Sept. 2000
By "2hoo" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the Delafield series, this book ranks as one of the most, if not the most, meaningful stories. It didn't have the love scenes I so deeply enjoy reading but the story line more than made up for that. Excellent reading!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book! 5 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book in one afternoon. I was drawn in by the emotion of the killing as well as the trial. I found this book to display the court system at it's weakest and loved the heroine, Kate.
I loved this book. I just found the Kate Delafield series and can't wait to read all the books in this series.
A Super Read 2 Sept. 2008
By Cheryl Payne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Murder by Tradition is an excellent title with multiple shades of meaning. The plot is believable and well executed. The characters have behaviours and beliefs that correspond. A Super Read ,it is indeed.
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