Fatal by John Lescroart

John Lescroart

Atria Books

Kate Jameson’s life ran on rails up to the moment she fell in lust with a brief acquaintance at a dinner party. Peter Ash showed little interest in her, yet she can’t stop thinking about him.

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” . . . a gripping read.”

Confiding in her best friend, Beth Tully, doesn’t dissuade Kate when Beth speaks from her police experience and counsels against having an affair. Kate tracks down Peter’s number, and they have an assignation at a hotel near his legal practice. She finds he’s just as willing to throw over their married lives for an afternoon’s pleasure. Then the guilt sets in for Peter. He wants the brief, no-strings hookup to be more than Kate is willing to give, and his married life goes awry. Kate and Beth meet to discuss the situation, but a terrorist attack leaves them badly injured.

Months later, Beth returns to work, and the first major case she has to deal with is the murder of Peter Ash. Although distracted by helping the incidental victim of a domestic shooting, which leads in turn to a potential love affair of her own, Beth narrows down the suspects. She and her partner Ike feel Peter’s murderer is someone in his group of friends – but who? In spite of official antagonism, Beth perseveres and uncovers a case of obsession and fundamental betrayal which hits close to home.

Fatal introduces us to the likable Sergeant Beth Tully, Inspector in the San Francisco PD. The methodical plot draws the strings of circumstances surrounding the murder into a gripping read. One for contemporary murder-mystery lovers.

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Reviewer: Cindy A. Matthews