Another Homicide Detective Kate Martinelli Mystery. Burned body of a dog found in a San Francisco Park, three weeks later the dogs owner, found in the same condition. Kate has to question a lot of the Homeless including a man that speaks only in the form of quotations. Exciting!!
I liked the book and still remember the character Erasmus, The Fool. There is a homeless victim seemingly homicide,without a positive ID, a group of witnesses who have no love of cops, and a possible suspect , known only as Brother Erasmus, who is certainly articulate, but difficult to understand. Kate and her partner, Al Hawkin have the frustrating task of unraveling the mystery. Trying to learn something of Bro. Erasmus history leads Kate along a twisting road to a disbanded cult, long-buried secrets,the thirst for spirituality, and the hunger for bloody vengence.
Another Kate Martinelli mystery. Someone has immolated first a dog and then the dog's owener, a homeless man. The number one suspect is an egnimatic man named Brother Erasmus who self-identifies as a "Fool."
The novel is based on the mystery surrounding the murder of a homeless man, but the story is of Brother Erasmus, a Fool, who only speaks in quotes from Shakespeare and the Bible. The real mystery is who Brother Erasmus really is, what he is hiding, and why he speaks only in quotes. Eventually the detective Kate Martinelli founds out who the murderer was, but she is more interested in the life of the characters she meets. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes your mysteries to be a bit more literary.
There's much more about the history and nature of Holy Fools in this book than there is a murder mystery, far more about Fools than I really wanted to know. The murder mystery is pushed in around the edges, and gets wrapped up in a few pages at the end. Apparently in spite of an early mention that they had partial fingerprints on the corpse, they didn't search the national fingerprint (AFIS?) database. King writes well, hence the 2.5 stars. Not a candidate for a re-read.
One of the Kate Martinelli series, which I personally like even better than King's current more popular series, stars a main character who speaks only in sonnets and couplets. Sound boring? He is far from it, as he draws the eye and company of everyone on the campus and in the green and is known throughout Golden Gate Park. Kate has much to investigate, and she does not make friends trying to bring down a villain who has endeared himself to nearly everyone in his community...you must read on to find out what happens... This book has no lack of twists and turns in King's usual style.