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Sleeping bones
Forrest, Katherine V., 1939-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkeley Prime Crime, 1999.
Physical Description:
260 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Kate Delafield mystery"--Spine.
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L.A.P.D. Detective Kate Delafield returns--with an iron-willed female lieutenant as her new boss--in a murder investigation as sticky as the La Brea Tar Pits, which happens to be the scene of the crime. Kate is quickly drawn into a mystery which could uncover the truth of humanity's ancient past, or expose the corruption of the present. And everyone involved--from an alluring scientist with a dark secret to a treacherous CIA officer with his own agenda--is suspect. Author Katherine V. Forrest is in top form in this timeless puzzle of a mystery.

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Booklist Review

Poor Kate Delafield of the LAPD! An ex-marine, she has an upright, uptight, black-and-white code of honor. Yet here she is, risking her love relationship and her career as passion sweeps her into a female murder suspect's arms and she deceives her new partner on the job, denies her lover's existence to a newfound brother, betrays her oath as a police officer, and aids and abets a CIA cover-up of an affair spanning decades and continents. And all that on one case involving the stabbing death of an elderly man and the mysterious reappearance of the possibly genuine remains of an important anthropological find, Peking man. Forrest swiftly paces this mystery-within-a-mystery, which is welcome after the somewhat lead-footed Apparition Alley (1997) and Liberty Square (1996). She leaves some threads purposely untied, including those of an old murder case whose future in the courts looks uncertain and of that previously unknown brother. Fans will eagerly await their tying, perhaps in Kate's next caper. --Whitney Scott

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lambda Award-winner Forrest seems to have lost some of her luster in her latest Kate Delafield mystery (after 1997's Apparition Alley). The usually cool Delafield, an LAPD detective, is unnerved when she and her new partner, rookie Joe Cameron, are called in to examine the body of well-known anthropologist Herman Layton, who has turned up dead at the famous La Brea Tar Pits with a puncture wound near his kidney. When Delafield and Cameron notify the victim's next of kin, they find out that Layton's daughter, Peri, is herself a world-renowned paleoanthropologist, whose career promises to surpass that of her mentors√Ąthe infamous Leakey family. The case takes an unusual turn after the discovery of a jawbone that resembles that of the two-million-year-old Peking Man, whose remains were lost nearly 30 years ago. Later, Delafield and Cameron learn of Herman Layton's involvement in the U.S. government's covert attempt to move the Peking Man from China for safekeeping after the Japanese invasion of WWII, an episode that left the adventurous anthropologist ostracized by his colleagues. The link between Peking Man and Layton's murder seems ironclad after CIA agent Nicholas Whitby appears and begins meddling in the case. Meanwhile, Delafield grapples with a shocking family secret revealed by her Aunt Agnes. Though the book has many action-packed scenes, Forrest fails to convincingly develop her various story lines, and several of the climaxes are far-fetched. Delafield remains an engaging protagonist, but the novel's turbulent events leave her, surprisingly, unchanged. Agent, Charlotte Sheedy. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Los Angeles homicide detective Kate Delafield's latest adventure takes her to the famous La Brea tar pits, where she breaks in new partner Joe on a bizarre case of murder. An excellent novel by a two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Mystery. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.