Sacrifice

Sacrifice

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by Clyde Phillips
     
 

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On a cold, foggy night, two lives are cut short. The first: Philip Iverson, a billionaire philanthropist shot to death in a hotel parking structure. The second: Willie Temple, a homeless man stabbed through the heart on an abandoned San Francisco pier. The murders of such disparate men can’t possibly be connected…can they?

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On a cold, foggy night, two lives are cut short. The first: Philip Iverson, a billionaire philanthropist shot to death in a hotel parking structure. The second: Willie Temple, a homeless man stabbed through the heart on an abandoned San Francisco pier. The murders of such disparate men can’t possibly be connected…can they?

SFPD Lieutenant Jane Candiotti is still coming to terms with her promotion and her marriage to Detective Kenny Marks when the Iverson and Temple cases land in her lap. Under pressure from the media and the billionaire’s widow, the Powers That Be make it clear that the Iverson case should be Jane’s priority. But when Jane discovers a shocking link between the two victims, she can’t ignore there’s something big at play. And if she doesn’t uncover the truth in time, she could lose more than just her job.…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Phillips's third crime novel (Fall from Grace; Blindsided) featuring diminutive but brassy San Francisco lady cop Jane Candiotti-newly promoted to homicide lieutenant and also newly married to her police sidekick, homicide inspector Kenny Marks-tears up the pages, sirens blaring and lights flashing, at car-chase speed. A billionaire Silicon Valley philanthropist famous for helping needy children is found murdered in a hotel parking garage just after donating $50 million to build a cancer wing on a children's hospital. Scarcely an hour later, a black skid-row bum is found stabbed to death. Jane, under pressure from the billionaire's snooty widow, struggles to give equal attention to both cases. She is further frustrated by the manipulations of an ambitious female underling who resents Jane assigning her to the case of the street bum. Soon, other murders connected to the skid-row stabbing-by an "S" scrawled in blood at the crime scenes-make it obvious that a serial killer is on the loose. As the "S" murders proliferate, anonymous letters arrive linking the two original cases. In an election year, political pressure from the top increases, and the media join the philanthropist's wife, taking up the cry to bring the serial killer to justice. There are few surprises here, but Phillips is a skilled craftsman and follows in the footsteps of Ed McBain with this solid police procedural series. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Recently married to SFPD partner Kenny Marks and now his boss as a newly promoted homicide lieutenant, Jane Candiotti finds herself forced to balance many roles, including juggling the investigation of two murders. The high-profile nature of the killing of the richest man in San Francisco is set in dramatic contrast with the perfunctory investigation of the death of a homeless person, until a connection between the two becomes apparent. Personally, professionally, and politically, Candiotti's life is at risk long before the dramatic conclusion to the novel. Fans of Phillips's series (after Blindsided and Fall from Grace) are rewarded with reminders of past events from the previous novels, but the novel can stand alone for newcomers. Strongly recommended for most popular fiction collections.-Laura A.B. Cifelli, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Suspicious billionaires, murderers, and busybody bureaucrats are no match for husband-and-wife detectives Jane Candiotti and Kenny Marks. Is it even worth wondering whether any police department, even San Francisco’s, would ever assign a husband and wife to be partners in the same homicide squad? This improbability is mostly beside the point as one of the Bay Area’s most beloved philanthropists, filthy-rich computer entrepreneur Philip Iverson, turns up murdered after a ritzy party and Jane and Kenny are assigned to the case. That same night, at almost the exact same time, a homeless man was also killed, but in a strangely ritualistic fashion. It’s no surprise which case the chief wants solved quicker, even after another down-and-out is cut down. The resourceful Jane (Blindsided, 2000, etc.), who’s definitely the star in this third in a series (Kenny functions merely as an ultrasupportive, cardboard cutout Perfect Man who’s always there in the clinch), has a problem with authority, to say the least, and so doesn’t deal too well with the chief’s constant meddling in her investigation, or the ice-queen attitude of Iverson’s gorgeous and none-too-sad widow. Unlike many mysteries, there isn’t a surfeit of clues to choose from here; Jane has to work with some pretty meager scraps, which makes this perhaps slightly more realistic, but also gives readers a feeling that the author is doling out his material a little too carefully. Nonetheless, the pairing of Jane and Kenny will likely make an attractive couple for those seeking a little romance with their Thriller Lite. That said, however, the action is subpar, with only a few moments of genuine tension. Genre goods, competently delivered, butnothing more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611098143
Publisher:
Thomas & Mercer
Publication date:
08/13/2013
Series:
Jane Candiotti and Kenny Marks Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
858,458
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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