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Violent love
Oster, Jerry.
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New York : Bantam Books, [1991]

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307 pages ; 24 cm
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Booklist Review

A dismembered corpse rises to the river's surface as a college crew rows past. The leading suspect is the husband of the deceased, a powerful journalist who takes up with another woman relatively soon after the body is discovered. But let's not forget the secret club full of well-heeled gentlemen engaged in pursuits that might best be described as Mapplethorpean. In fact, the brothers in chains could just be the real villains, and the less-than-grieving husband and his olive-thighed partner, merely eager lovers. Along with the mystery, Oster offers endless discourses on what's hip and what's not, heaping scorn on those who don't know the real names of Prince, Madonna, Cher, and Stevie Wonder. (Of course, Oster leaves himself wide open for picky readers to spot the occasional gaffe: Mike Rutherford is still a member of Genesis.) The mix of dark suspense and pop-culture cram course can be a little disconcerting, but don't let it put you off the book. This is a novel that must be finished: the nail-destroying conclusion is unforgettable. ~--Peter Robertson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite two bloody climaxes (in a downtown Manhattan loft and in front of a West Side leather bar) there isn't much of a payoff here, as Oster's New York gliterati and low-life grifters offer little besides talk and murder. Six months after her disappearance, ex-model and real-estate biggie Karen Justice is found in the East River minus head, hands and feet. Her widower Tony, famous writer to whom the killer of Karen's first husband had confessed, marries a beautiful photographer. A pair of unnamed members of ``the Freres ,'' a clandestine, orgiastic gay club, make secret plans. As NYPD detective Joe Cullen and his reporter girlfriend Ann follow separate sleuthing paths, additional murders--Ann is a suspect in one--lead back to the plot's mainspring: the Freres' s determination to keep their naughty secret (the revelation of which would probably elicit yawns in fast-track Gotham). Neither scenes of graphic gay S/M sex nor a tiresome cast of talky characters bring life into this tale. Oster wrote Sweet Justice and Club Dead. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Joe Cullen, a sergeant in the New York City Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit, gets caught up in a case of multiple murder when the torso of a wealthy Manhattan woman is found in the Harlem River, and there are indications that a police officer is involved. In this modern version of an old-fashioned mystery complete with clues, suspects, and a number of murders, Cullen tries to separate fact from nonessentials to come up with whodunit and why. Oster, author of ten books including Sweet Justice ( LJ 1/1/85) and Nowhere Man ( LJ 2/1/87), is becoming increasingly graphic and violent in his portrayals of a sick modern society. Here his presentations of the rich and glitzy is unforgettably vivid. The story, while not always plausi ble, is captivating and carries quite a shocker of an ending.-- Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.