Double Homicide
Jonathan & Faye Kellerman
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Double Homicide: Boston & Santa Fe
Jonathan & Faye Kellerman
Warner Books
304 pages
July 2005
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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From the talented husband-and-wife team of Jonathan and Faye Kellerman comes a book containing two unrelated murder mysteries set in two different cities, Boston and Santa Fe.

“In the Land of Giants” has a Bostonian cop and his partner get involved in trying to solve the death of a star college basketball player during a chaotic shootout inside a club. Coming on the heels of an extremely combative match, it soon takes the form of a murder investigation with university politics playing a role. While trying to come to terms with their own family issues and squabbles, trying to make sense of a world where violence has become the rote, the two cops struggle not to get overwhelmed while slogging through a cold winter in search of the truth.

In “Still Life”, two Santa Fe cops, one a Native American and the other a transplanted New York City cop, are assigned to solve the brutal murder of wealthy gallery owner Larry Olafson, a man whose consuming need to win had made him very unpopular among the local populace - including the investigating detectives themselves. Trying to maintain objectivity and with much introspection, the two begin a slow but methodical investigation which not only takes a penetrating look at the artistic and peaceful spirit of Santa Fe and its surrounding environs, but that of its history as well through the supporting cast.

The author pair of Kellermans is in top form, whether capturing the essence of the people involved, particularly the cops in charge of solving the case, or describing the cities themselves in all their cultural glory and distinct diversities. Set in the heart of winter, the Boston mystery is so cold as to be utterly chilling and due to its urban nature, feels all the more realistic. It is also somewhat cerebral and cold in nature as well. In some contrast, the murder mystery set forth in the warm surroundings of Santa Fe, is more emotional in nature and with great geniality captures the nature of the people as well as the local atmosphere. Although different in execution, both stories aren’t as simple as they initially appear to be, but rather like a Russian doll, with mysteries contained within mysteries and where nothing is quite as it seems. The result is a riveting two-in-one mystery book.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Rashmi Srinivas, 2004

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