Night Work
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Night Work


Night Work

Kate and her partner, Al Hawkin, are called to a scene of carefully executed murder: the victim is a muscular man, handcuffed and strangled, a stun gun's faint burn on his chest and candy in his pocket. The likeliest person to want him dead, his often-abused wife, is meek and frail--and has an airtight alibi. Kate and Al are stumped, until a second body turns up--also zapped, cuffed, and strangled...and carrying a candy bar. This victim: a convicted rapist. As newspaper headlines speculate about vendetta killings, a third death draws Kate and Al into a network of pitiless destruction that reaches far beyond San Francisco, a modern-style hit list with shudderingly primal roots.

Title:Night Work
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:416 pages

    Night Work Reviews

  • Karen
    Jan 06, 2009

    I think I'm having another bad run of "Library Book Sale" books.I didn't even fully read this book - which is a rarity for me - began skimming after the first 100 or so pages. The book was very preach...

  • Kati
    Feb 27, 2010

    A co-worker gave me this book because she thought I might like it. It is a brain candy kind of book... not a ton of literary value. And the cover is garish. In addition, it "tackles" issues of violenc...

  • Ann
    Jul 15, 2008

    I listened to this on audiobook. I was hoping for a mystery that would make the miles fly by as I drove. However, the additional detail about Kate Martinelli's life and the lives of her friends was po...

  • Dimitri
    Mar 28, 2017

    One for established Martinelli fans only ; not as good as A Grave Talent and certainly shouldn't be your first.After a neo-medieval commune and the homeless excentrics of the park, King shows us anoth...

  • Carl R.
    May 08, 2012

    I was steered to Night Work--or actually its author--by a remark I read in Jon Carroll’s column in the San Francisco Chronicle. He spoke as if Laurie R. King were a household word in the mystery wo...

  • Annabelle
    Sep 14, 2009

    Number One: Does this woman know anything about Lesbian culture? Her Lesbian main characters are sweet, sweet to each other all the time, have abstract, body-less sexual desire and want to kill and ma...

  • Elizabeth
    Aug 19, 2011

    So disappointing. I love the Kate Martinelli mysteries, far more than I like the Mary Russell series, but this one was just awful. I don't know who these people are who live in San Francisco but have ...

  • Tory Wagner
    Jan 27, 2012

    I thought this one was a little slow in spots. The previous books seem to speed along with action and narratives, but in this one, King spent much more time delving into the relationships between the ...

  • L
    Dec 16, 2012

    This is a fine story w great characters, emotional tangles, social commentary, and an interesting plot. I'd have rated it higher, except that King can get rather pedantic in her Kate Martinelli novels...

  • Somjen Frazer
    Sep 11, 2010

    So . . . I liked this book 4 stars amount, but it has some poliical problems. I hated the clunky way that King talked about South Asia and Hindu religion as well as the strange villian she picked. ...

About Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King

Edgar-winning mystery writer Laurie R. King writes series and standalone novels. Her official forum is THE LRK VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB here on Goodreads--please join us for book-discussing fun. King's most recent novel, Dreaming Spies, sees Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes travel from Japan to Oxford, in a case with international players and personal meaning. The Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series foll