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Theresa Monsour
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Sex, violence, Catholic guilt and sloppy police work mark Monsour's debut thriller, which features a horny female homicide detective in pursuit of a serial killer in St. Paul, Minn. Monsour runs hot and cold with this cop caper; some scenes are chilling, others corny. There is no whodunit here; Monsour identifies the killer early on, leaving only revelations of sick motives ahead. Paris Murphy is the detective, estranged from but still energetically sleeping with her husband and having a torrid affair with the medical examiner as well. Paris and her partner, Gabriel Nash, a fat, 50ish cop who eats liverwurst and Miracle Whip sandwiches, deduce the killer's identity fairly quickly, but they never quite seem to get their act together to bring him in for questioning. Despite having enough evidence to make a district attorney drool, the cops dither and scratch their heads while the killer, who is supposedly ingenious, makes stupid mistakes. They let the killer escape so many times he tires of the pursuit and decides to become the pursuer. Paris and the murderer enjoy taunting each other; it turns out that they're both Catholics who worry about getting to heaven given their respective sins. The novel has little mystery, but there is much graphic, racy action. Monsour seems to be saying that crooks are as dumb as cops. It's an interesting point of view, but in this case it doesn't make for an intellectually engaging psychological drama. Agent, Esther Newberg. (Feb. 3) Forecast: Blurbs from John Sandford, Daniel Silva, Paul Lindsay and Jeffery Deaver, among others, will give this novel a strong headstart. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Monsour's background as a journalist in the Twin Cities adds some realism to her debut novel, but the downside is that her writing too often reads like newspaper reporting: the storytelling is straightforward and rarely delves into the characters or plot, resulting in a marked lack of complexity or suspense. When Paris Murphy, a homicide detective in St. Paul, is called out to lead an investigation into the murder of a prostitute, she is saddened to find that the victim is someone she'd known in her days as a vice cop. She immediately realizes that this may be more than a routine investigation and is soon on the trail of a serial killer who preys on women with long hair. The blow-by-blow style makes it difficult for the author to create the level of tension necessary in a psychological thriller. Once the elements of the story are set up, each plot point arrives with predictable regularity-and the character development is equally predictable. An optional purchase.-Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Paris Murphy
Gorgeous; intuitive; separated from, but still having sex with, her husband; lives on a houseboat on the Mississippi River.
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Gabriel Nash
Age: 50s
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A. Romann Michaels
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