on 4 August 2015
This particular Kate Delafield mystery is not available as an e-book on Kindle for some reason so I had to order a REAL book with paper pages for a change. The seller Rick Sterling of Elite Digital UK, shipped a really very good condition hardback for me in super quick time. So thank you Rick - 5 Stars for you as seller.
As for the story - well I am a Kate Delafield fan and this book is compelling right from the very first few paragraphs. In this book we see Kate and her partner Aimee attend a Veterans Reunion of Kate's Marine Corps Vets from her time in Vietnam 1968 and 1969 service. Its 20 years or so later and Kate has combined it with an FBI course on profiling serial killers held in DC which coincides, mostly at Aimee's badgering. A bunch of ex Marines in a hotel and as one would expect bullets start to fly.
As ever with Katherine Forrest, the prose is fine and the characterisation delicate.
"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)
on 1 March 2010
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...
on 17 January 1998
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.