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Black dreams
Green, Kate.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [1993]

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329 pages ; 24 cm
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Booklist Review

Using psychics in murder investigations still smacks of supermarket tabloids and California flakiness, but this mystery, set in Los Angeles and starring psychic Theresa Fortunato, is absorbing, serious, and should be quite credible to all but the most hardened skeptics. As in her last adventure, Shattered Moon (1986), Theresa teams up with LAPD Lieutenant Oliver Jardine, this time to investigate the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl from a hospital. Not only is Theresa receiving psychic impressions of the abducted girl, she also senses that the girl's mother may be in danger. Complicating matters further is Theresa's strong physical attraction to the girl's divorced father, the loser in a bitter custody fight. Green's plot devices are excellent, and her characters are extremely appealing. Her depiction of how a psychic "works" is fascinating, particularly when she describes Jardine's ambivalent feelings about the phenomenon. A compelling story, told with intelligence and skill. ~--Stuart Miller

Library Journal Review

Los Angeles psychic Theresa Fortunato and police detective Oliver Jardine, first paired in Shattered Moon (Dell, 1986), work together on a child abduction case that may be the result of a bitter custody battle. Jardine must also solve the murder of an antiques dealer who happens to have a picture of the missing girl in his office. While the empathetic Theresa interprets feelings, images, and voices that come to her, Jardine interjects logical observation and solid police method. The novel's smoothly styled prose, brooding undercurrent of suspense, and subject matter should make this a popular choice. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-Readers who have already had the shivery pleasure of meeting Theresa Fortunato will need no urging to pick up her latest adventure. Theresa is a psychic who believes that her gifts obligate her to aid the police. Her latest case begins when she starts ``receiving'' messages from a child who has been kidnapped. She informs her usual police contact, Lieutenant Jardine, but since Jardine is in homicide and the child is apparently alive, she is forced to work with skeptics. No youngster fitting the description has been reported missing, but almost immediately, one turns up who is critically ill and enmeshed in a custody dispute. The mystery is original and engrossing, full of unexpected twists, but the real impetus for turning the pages is Theresa herself, and the insight readers gain on the workings of the sincere psychic. Anyone who maintains an open mind about the possibilities of such an experience will be fascinated, and even nonbelievers may find that this account of paranormal policework leaves them feeling less adversarial and more curious.-Cathy Chauvette, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.