Author: Laurie R. King
Series: Kate Martinelli, #4
Genre: Queer mystery
Copyright Date: 2000
Cover: Somewhat abstract. A pair of handcuffs on a green background, the author's name raised in black.
Epigraph: "The kingdom of Kali is within us deep, The built-in destroyer, the savage goddess Wakes in the dark and takes away our sleep. She moves through the blood to poison gentleness."
Best part: I loved the plot. It had both humor and darkness in it.
Worst part: Kate's partner Al didn't have as much personality in this book, I felt.
Recommended for: Fans of the series. It would give away a lot about previous books if you read this one out of order.
Related Reads: A Grave Talent, first in the series. The Bee-Keeper's Apprentice, first in King's popular Holmes pastiche series. Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand.
The Ladies of Perpetual Disgruntlement have San Francisco in an uproar. These feminist vigilantes are taking steps to expose, publicly humiliate, and punish those who have escaped prosecution for their crimes against women. Eyebrows are raised, but the police are having a hard time getting motivated. But then the bodies start turning up. Have the Ladies gone too far, or is there a more dangerous predator on the loose? And who are the Ladies anyway?
This is an amazing mystery with a lot of dimensions to it. Highly recommended.