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  • ISBN: 031242812X
  • ISBN: 9780312428129
  • Physical Description: 341 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: 2nd Picador ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Picador, 2008, c1998.

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General Note: Originally published: New York : Picador, 1998.
Includes discussion questions.
Summary, etc.: A psychological mystery centered on the murder of two showgirls in 1930s St. Paul, Minnesota. A man is arrested and everything points to his guilt, but Lieutenant Horner is convinced the man is innocent.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2008 September #2
    *Starred Review* Although published in hardcover in 1998, this slow-burning stunner of a suspense novel came and went without much notice. Perhaps this reissue will give it the wide audience it richly deserves. Written in the taut, menacing style of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels, this isĀ one of those thrillers we fear will not end well but aren't sure why. Herbert White enjoys photographing beautiful bar dancers and fancies himself in love with Ruby, who later turns up dead, her bludgeoned body cooling in a St. Paul streetcar tunnel. Aware that he is now a suspected pervert and killer, White continues to chronicle obsessively his daily activities, which form part of the narrative. He claims he has no memory, which may be just a convenient excuse. Readers alternately sympathize and suspect Herbert as his journal entries seem to both prove his innocence and lack of social intelligence while admitting the possibility of forgotten deceit. Lieutenant Wesley Horner has issues of his own surrounding his fractured family, his love affair with a teenager, and his coworkers' animosity as he doggedly tries to prove White's innocence. Corrupt police practices, looming threats, and ugly politics build an effective smokescreen hiding truths no one wants known. The brooding noir atmosphere and secretive, unlovable characters will keep fans up all night, scratchy eyes glued to the page. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Robert Clark is the author of In the Deep Midwinter, My Grandfather's House, River of the West, and The Solace of Food. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

Subject: Police Minnesota Saint Paul Fiction
Saint Paul (Minn.) Fiction
Serial murders Fiction
Genre: Psychological fiction.
Mystery fiction.

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