As murder mysteries go, this was just ok....I expected more in the way of holiday theme, but it was lacking there. I had never read this author before, but suspect there are other books of similar content.
"DAZZLINGLY INGENIOUS, JANE HADDAM'S...NOVELS PROVIDE STYLE, HUMOR AND PHILOSOPHY BLENDED WITH GORE GALORE--THEY'RE REAL SPELLBINDERS, SPARKLINGLY WRITTEN AND SMASHINGLY PLOTTED." -- The Drood Review of Mystery
EIGHT NIGHTS OF MURDER
That's what Hanukkah in Philadelphia shapes up to be this year, as a killer stalks America's most outrageous talk show host from New York to the City of Brotherly Love--bailwick of ex-FBI man Gregor Demarkian.
The good folks on Cavanaugh Street have cajoled Gregor into appearing on Lotte Goldman's always controversial TV show. The topic: Sex and the Serial Killer. But Gregor is soon drawn into a jungle of the behind-the-cameria politics and off-the-set malice. He'll have to outbluff a murderer...before death lights a candle for them all.
Since Lotte Goldman's TV show specializes in exploring guests' sexual secrets, its employees take the unusual in stride -- but even they are caught off guard when the program's all-around boss, DeAnna Kroll, discovers the body of talent coordinator Maria Gonzalez in a storeroom with her face beaten in. Lotte and her crew are scheduled to hit the road for Philadelphia, where one of her first interviews is to be with ex-FBI agent Gregor Demarkian (most recently featured in Dear Old Dead) and a convicted serial killer. Before the show can begin, high-pitched screams lead Gregor to a second victim, whose face has also been destroyed. Being right on the scene, how can Gregor not help his friend, Philadelphia police detective John Jackman, close in on the killer?