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Mystery & Thrillers
  • Author:
    Katherine V. Forrest
  • ISBN:
    093004455X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0930044558
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  • Publisher:
    Naiad Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1984)
  • Pages:
    224 pages
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    Mystery & Thrillers
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Alyson is proud to present the first and second Kate Delafield mysteries, back in print and ready to captivate a new generation of fans!

When Katherine V. Forrest’s Amateur City was published in 1984, introducing LAPD detective Kate Delafield, it not only marked the beginning of one of mystery fiction’s most successful series, it also created one of the most lucrative genres in gay publishing: the lesbian mystery. With her next six Kate Delafield novels, Forrest’s complex and determined lesbian detective. Alyson is proud to present the first and second Kate Delafield mysteries, back in print and ready to captivate a new generation of fans!

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Tough and demanding LAPD Detective Kate Delafield is the leader of the investigation into a highrise office building murder.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The case is intriguing but routine - until Kate interviews the only witness.

Sleeping Bones (Kate Delafield Mystery Book 4). Katherine V. Forrest

Sleeping Bones (Kate Delafield Mystery Book 4). Forrest. Alyson is proud to present the first and second Kate Delafield mysteries, back in print and ready to captivate a new generation of fans! About the Author. And, frankly, it's too good for people to pass up. So, here goes.

Katherine V. Forrest was born in 1939 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is an American writer, known for her novels about lesbian police detective Kate Delafield. Forrest is best known for her nine novels about Kate Delafield, the first lesbian police detective in the American lesbian mystery genre and is described as "Miss Marple with . lang, Sherlock Holmes with Candace Gingrich, and you've got Kate Delafield: ex-Marine, homicide detective for the LAPD, long heroine.

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AMATEUR CITY is the first novel in the compelling Kate Delafield mystery series that has gripped readers all over the world. Books related to Amateur City.

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When Katherine V. Forrest's Amateur City was published in 1984, introducing LAPD detective Kate . Forrest's Amateur City was published in 1984, introducing LAPD detective Kate Delafield, it not only marked the beginning of one of mystery fiction's most successful series, it also created one of the most lucrative genres in gay publishing: the lesbian mystery. With her next six Kate Delafield novels, Forrest's complex and determined lesbian detective became the most celebrated figure in lesbian fiction. Alyson is proud to present the first and second Kate Delafield mysteries, back in print and ready to captivate a new generation of fans!

When Katherine V. Forrest’s Amateur City was published in 1984, introducing LAPD detective Kate Delafield, it not only . With her next six Kate Delafield novels, Forrest’s complex and determined lesbian detective became the most celebrated figure in lesbian fiction. In addition to penning the legendary Kate Delafield mystery series, -Katherine V. Forrest has written the lesbian romantic classic Curious Wine and the science fiction novels Daughters of a Coral Dawn and Daughters of an Amber Noon.

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When Katherine V. Forrest’s Amateur City was published in 1984, introducing LAPD detective Kate Delafield, it not only marked the beginning of one of mystery fiction’s most successful series, it also created one of the most lucrative genres in gay publishing: the lesbian mystery. With her next six Kate Delafield novels, Forrest’s complex and determined lesbian detective became the most celebrated figure in lesbian fiction. Alyson is proud to present the first and second Kate Delafield mysteries, back in print and ready to captivate a new generation of fans!

In Amateur City, Kate and her partner, Ed Taylor, investigate the murder of a highly placed executive, whose body was found by a coworker, a woman who begins to break down Kate’s defenses.

In addition to penning the legendary Kate Delafield mystery series, -Katherine V. Forrest has written the lesbian romantic classic Curious Wine and the science fiction novels Daughters of a Coral Dawn and Daughters of an Amber Noon. She lives in San Francisco.


inetserfer
Certainly, Katherine Forrest's works don't need the recommendation of any reviewer, professional or amateur; still, I suppose due to its age, there don't seem to be many reviews for this one on Amazon. And, frankly, it's too good for people to pass up.
So, here goes.

For the plot, please read the description online.

Even after almost 30 years, it's amazing how fresh this book seems. Oh, sure, with all the CSI type shows on TV now, a few things would be changed as far as police procedures, but, by and large, the book still holds up very, very well. However, while the mystery aspect is quite interesting enough to compel the reader, it's characterization that keeps the story flowing. The plot is unveiled as main character Kate Delafield interviews the employees of an office where a murder has taken place. Admittedly, and not surprisingly, Forrest, at such an early stage in her career, paints with a rather broad brush. Later, characterizations become more subtle. Even so, Forrest does an excellent job of making each character stand out in your mind. She deftly leads you to loathe some characters, laugh at a few, and love others.

Despite her reserve, Kate is an extremely likable lead character. We see her analytical mind at work, and her reactions to the interviews of potential suspects are used to develop her own character. A great example of showing rather than telling. Despite the cool professionalism with which she goes about her job, we also are given glimpses of Kate's vulnerability, which makes her all the more enjoyable as a heroine, and adds a note of realism as well.

The fact that I guessed the killer from his/her first appearance in no way detracted from my enjoyment of this book. It is the colorful characters which provide the real interest here. Still, even if you *think* you know the killer's identity, you could be wrong, and that's plenty of motivation to keep turning pages, as is the desire to find out just what these quirky folks will do or say next.

This is a seminal (pun intended) work of the genre, and I recommend it very, very strongly.
Auridora
I was very delighted to discover the ebook version of this much praised and til now long-out-of-print ground-breaking novel by Katherine V Forrest. Published in 1984 amongst a mini-wave of gay and lesbian fiction, it introduces lesbian detective Kate Delafield, a highly ethical woman, very cautious about self-revelation and walking a fine line in her questioning of a key witness to whom she is attracted. This is the first of nine books in the series, and though it now seems very old-fashioned by contemporary standards, the carefully crafted text clearly communicates the social constraints under which both the detective and her interviewee have to conduct their private and public lives. A great read.
Vushura
I WANTED TO LIKE IT. It was recommended and has good reviews. But something essential is missing, I read the initial 40 pages 3 times, and put it aside. Its like reading Terms of Agreement for a software download.
Ienekan
Thrilling from beginning to end! Especially the end! I wasn't able to guess the killer but I had fun trying! Now I have a strong urge to collect the entire series!
you secret
Very well developed. Typical Katherine Forest.
Mr.jeka
fun zombie romp
Iaiastta
Qaulity Paperback Book Club re-issued these 3 novels to their subscribers in 1 volume in 1996. The narrative unfolds in Los Angeles in the 1980s, a time when affirmative action, equal rights for women, gay rights were both advanced and contested. The protagonist of the novels is Los Angeles Police Department detective Kate Delafield, a gay woman. This should've provided a yeasty mix and intriguing perspective for a mystery writer who knows how to keep these potent social contexts in balance while the mystery is engaged.

But this doesn't happen. Delafield's lesbianism is made too obviously an issue, and the various female characters brought into the narrative posing the "isn't she, is she gay?" queries proved a distraction to this reader. Perhaps this series is too much a book of its time. Forrest seems to have made her sexual agenda take precedence over the basic duties of a mystery writer: who done it and why, with the sleuth as the moral force to bring the criminal to justice, setting things right as it were, or giving the reader insight into why things couldn't be set right, i.e. a sort of reverse moral message. For me, this must be the priority whether the detective is male or female, straight or gay, working in the contemporary world or in a historical setting.

In addition, the characters in "Amateur City" appear as caricatures and are robustly drawn, sacrificing nuance. For example, a racist executive is given dialog that seems to shout his social pathology rather than let it emerge for the reader's disgust. Perhaps Forrest was simply trying for pulp fiction. Moreover, the scene of the crime is overly described to the point of tedium -- numerous offices on one floor of a high-rise. There are, however, some moving passages, such as found in "Murder at the Nightwood Bar." The tale concludes with Delafield's attendance at a Gay Pride parade where she tearfully rejoices at the affirmation of Gay personhood and dignity. Clearly Forrest was writing to make a political point, one with which I agree, but also one that risks compromising the impact of the novel.

In closing, I would've liked these books to be a bit more literary, and a little less HEY, IT'S GAY CRIME FICTION HERE!! but perhaps I am not the best audience for this series. And times have changed since the 1980s.
Where have I been all these years? I missed Katherine Forrest, I missed Kate Delafield -and now that I've found them both, this is it - I want them all!! What a marvelous read! Thank goodness its summer and I can read all I want, so here goes. I'm buying all I see, reading all I can. Forrest is an excellent author, I'd read other things, just not the Delafield series. I'm the biggest fan these days.

VERY contemporary, don't let the date throw you. Its very NOW and hot.

Read read read!