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A Grave Talent: A Novel (A Kate Martinelli Mystery #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the A Kate Martinelli Mystery series.

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Murder mystery in 1990’s San Francisco? Tough and capable female newbie, with no-nonsense veteran detective? Art, psychology, and a commune in the mountains? Laurie R. King paints a world you can drive right up to, with characters you feel you could have a conversation with on the street—while creating an intricate, wonderfully plotted mystery.

— Jocelyn

You know her name, and you’ve read her Mary Russell books, but have you read Laurie King’s Kate Martinelli series? If not, you’re in for such a treat! I adore Martinelli. Kate is a gay detective working in San Francisco, who is smart, dogged, and not afraid to dive into a case head on. A Grave Talent is exactly what you'd expect from King—a complex, thrilling mystery

— Flannery



In Laurie R. King's Grave Talent, the unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. A series of shocking murders has occurred, the victims far too innocent and defenseless. For lesbian Detective Kate Martinelli, just promoted to Homicide and paired with a seasoned cop who's less than thrilled to be handed a green partner, it's a difficult case that just keeps getting harder.

Then the police receive what appears to be a case-breaking lead: it seems that one of the residents of this odd colony is Vaun Adams, arguably the century's greatest woman painter and a notorious felon once convicted of a heinous crime.

But what really happened eighteen years ago? To bring a murderer to justice, Kate must delve into the artist's dark past—even if it means losing everything she holds dear.

About the Author

Laurie R. King is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Kate Martinelli novels and the acclaimed Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes mysteries, as well as a few stand-alone novels. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, the first in her Mary Russell series, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of the Century’s Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. A Monstrous Regiment of Women won the Nero Wolfe Award. She has degrees in theology, and besides writing she has also managed a coffee store and raised children, vegetables, and the occasional building. She lives in northern California.

Praise For…

A Grave Talent kept me reading deep into the night.” —The Boston Globe

“[An] amazing first novel with intelligence, intrigue, and intricacy...This work exhibits strong psychological undertones, compelling urgency, and dramatic action.” —Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250046550
ISBN-10: 1250046556
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: January 7th, 2014
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: A Kate Martinelli Mystery
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