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Double Homicide
By Jonathan & Faye Kellerman
Read by John Rubinstein and Lou Diamond Phillips

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Double Homicide
By Jonathan & Faye Kellerman
Read by John Rubinstein and Lou Diamond Phillips
Time Warner AudioBooks, (2004)
An unabridged recording on 5 CDs
ISBN: 1-58621-700-3
An unabridged recording on 4 Cassettes
ISBN: 1-58621-699-6
Genre: Mystery, Crime

Reviewed by Anne Marie Vaughn – November 22, 2004

At first glance, I expected one story about related homicides in two distant cities. Actually, it is two completely unrelated stories, each with its own cast of characters jointly written by this well-known husband and wife, who are individually best selling authors of crime stories. The only common denominator is that both stories take place during the Christmas season. You are in for a double treat of murder and suspense.

The first story takes place in frigid Boston. There is a confrontation on the court of a school basketball game. Later, at a local club, the star player of the winning team is apparently shot to death by the top player of the losing team in front of hundreds of witnesses. One of the investigating officers is the mother of one of the victim's teammates. For her, this case is personal as her son was at the club at the time of the shooting and she knows the mother of the victim. The other investigator is anxious to close this open and shut case, so he can leave the cold behind and join his family in sunny Florida. However, the autopsy reveals some shocking information. The gunshots were not the actual cause of death. The two veterans now face a dilemma. Do they keep this case simple and let the shooter get what they know he deserves….or do they do what is right and investigate further? Their decision is a lucky break for a would be murderer.

The second story takes place in Santa Fe. An art gallery owner is found dead in his gallery from a powerful blow to his head. The weapon of choice is a heavy sculpture the murderer apparently picked up in the heat of the moment. Detectives Daniel Two Moons and Steve Katz soon find that there is a plethora of suspects, and each has a strong motive for murder. One by one the obvious suspects are eliminated. Not until an inventory of the paintings kept at the gallery is complete do they get their first break. There are three paintings missing, all by the same up and coming artist, of two nude children. The gallery owner has another portrait of the same two nude children hanging in his home. When the detectives focus on these paintings, they learn the children are the artist's own children. They also find out that the father of the children was the gallery owner's personal minister. As the evidence mounts against the minister, events take a little twist.

John Rubinstein reads the Boston story and makes you feel like you're there in the heart of New England with his easy flow of accents and teen-age jargon.

Lou Diamond Phillips reads the Santa Fe story. His reading is full of energy, but all the characters sound the same.

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