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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,003 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie R. King Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kate Martinelli Mysteries Release Date:
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In Laurie R. King’s Grave Talent, the unthinkable has happened in a small community outside of San Francisco. 

A series of shocking murders has occurred, the victims far too innocent and defenseless. For Detective Kate Martinelli, just promoted to Homicide and paired with a seasoned cop who’s less than thrilled to be handed a green partner, it’s a difficult case that just keeps getting harder. Then the detectives receive what appears to be a case-breaking lead: It seems that one of the residents of this odd colony is Vaun Adams, arguably the century’s greatest woman painter and a notorious felon once convicted of a heinous crime. But what really happened eighteen years ago? 

To bring a murderer to justice, Kate must delve into the artist’s dark past—even if it means losing everything she holds dear.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A Grave Talent kept me reading deep into the night.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Well crafted, prickling with excitement, full of intriguing characters…a story told well enough to hook and hold Rendell and P. D. James fans.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[An] amazing first novel with intelligence, intrigue, and intricacy…This work exhibits strong psychological undertones, compelling urgency, and dramatic action.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anita | 2/20/2014

    " This was my first Laurie King mystery and I enjoyed it. This book introduces us to detectives Al and Kate Martenelli. The case they had to solve involved child murders (always gross for me), an area outside of san francisco where residents live without modern day comforts and an artist. This killer was pyscho and an ego maniac..maybe they all are.... In this story, King introduces the fact that Kate is a lesbian and also introduces Al's love interest with her precocious child. Overall I found the story engaging...not the least of which was the idea that in the residential area outside of San Fran, those residents hosted medieval faires during the year. Pretty cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debra | 2/18/2014

    " Who is killing six-year-old brown-haired girls? Rookie Kate Matinelli is teamed with veteran detective Al Hawkin to solve this crime, never dreaming the solution will take them into the world of art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sbugsy | 2/12/2014

    " This is the first time I read this author. Sometimes there was too much detail and the 13 disc audio could have been about 10. this character is in a series and I will listen to the 2nd one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lynne-marie | 2/2/2014

    " This the first of the Kate Martinelli series by Laurie R. King. It is very deeply disturbing in conception and psychological characterization: and that would seem to be it's strength and point. Which is to say that it is written to distress, disturb and discompose. Given these intents, the characters fulfill these intentions, as do the plotting and the twists of tale. Whoever choses books that make their adrenaline burst out, their stomachs wretch and their minds reel with horror, will have the wherewithal to enjoy this book. I could appreciate the writing, the extent to which the author fulfilled her mission, but only at a distance, because I could not let myself feel the full impact of the book itself. "

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