3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
With the first few pages of the seventh crime tale starring Victor Carl readers may well be tsk-tsking, thinking, "He should have known better." Right, he should have, but lapses in judgment are very much a part of his charm. Carl is a Philadelphia DA, not at all short changed when it comes to smarts but who also makes the worst decisions. He's a bit of an idiosyncratic hero, and therein lies some of his attraction. Readers pull for him and turn pages to find out what in the world he's going to do next.
With A Killer's Kiss we immediately know what he did first. As Carl says, "Old love doesn't disappear; it is too potent an elixir for that. Instead it burrows deep into bone, like a parasite, waiting until just the right moment to reassert itself and sabotage your life."
So, when ex fiancé Julia shows up at his apartment apparently wanting to relight their former fire, he doesn't waste any time. He forgets that she abruptly dumped him for wealthy Rolex wearing Dr. Wren Denniston. However, this brief recapturing of what once was or perhaps never was is interrupted by a pounding on his apartment door. Two detectives are there to tell him that Dr. Denniston has just been murdered and, quite obviously, he's a suspect.
Coincidence? Clearer minds would not think so. But for Carl logic flies out the window as far as Julia is concerned. He suddenly finds himself having not only to clear himself but also determines to prove Julia's innocence.
That in itself is a monumental task but enter a crazed criminal and his attendant goons demanding some missing millions. They not only make matters worse but very nearly do away with Carl.
With picture perfect descriptions of Philadelphia areas, A Killer's Kiss is one more robust, rousing, riot of a tale from the inexhaustible Lashner. To carry the alliteration further, it's steamy, suspenseful, stay-up late reading.
- Gail Cooke
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2009
As always with one of Mr Lashner's books, there is a strong twist in the tale although there are more hints in this latest (and last?) of the Victor Carl books. Never the less, the book is hugely enjoyable and I could not put it down. Since I picked up Veritas at the airport many moons ago, I have read all of Mr Lashner's books and will be eagerly awaiting his new book to see if he can deliver using new characters.