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Final Design

Gilpatrick, Noreen

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ISBN 10: 0892965142 / ISBN 13: 9780892965144
Published by Mysterious Pr, 1993
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Final Design

Publisher: Mysterious Pr

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Police detective Kate MacLean has finally landed a homicide case all her own, one her boss calls a "nice, ladylike murder," with no blood, no violence - just a neat overdose of morphine slipped into a cup of tea. Found slumped over her desk, the dead woman is a Liz Taylor look-alike named Catherine Fletcher, one of four partners in a new and struggling Seattle graphic arts studio. With a hundred-thousand-dollar life insurance policy on the victim held by the business, Kate figures it's a lead pipe cinch that one of the other partners is guilty. No doubt the Captain will be proved right. This is a ladylike murder for a lady cop - one corpse, one killer, one quick arrest.
But that's before Kate and her partner, Sam Morrison, discover that nothing about the lovely Catherine Fletcher adds up - from her finances to her love life. Then another dead body is found at the office, and working nine-to-five in Seattle starts to look like a high risk profession. Before long her gut instinct tells her the pieces of this deadly puzzle are held together by hate and revenge, but what is the big picture? How many bodies will complete a killer's final design? And will a pretty policewoman's death be its final macabre touch?

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Gilpatrick follows her chilling debut (The Piano Man, 1991) with a more conventional police tale featuring warmhearted Katie MacLean, of Seattle's neighboring Eastside Police Force (EPF), who has just been named D.I.C. (detective in charge) of a homicide investigation. Gorgeous Catherine Fletcher, one of four partners in a small graphics studio, succumbed to morphine-laced tea. In quick order, two more partners die, as does the husband of the remaining firm member, Phyllis Walsh, who's now charged with four counts of Murder One. But Katie's gut feeling tells her Phyllis is innocent, and--despite her cop partner Sam, her chief, and her sexist co- workers--she stays with the case. Under scrutiny, Catherine's life disintegrates into a passel of lies, scam jobs, and vendettas--then tissue analysis reveals a virulent cancer. Did Catherine choose suicide, while someone else killed the others? Following a romance with a former suspect in the case, Katie zeroes in on the real killer--but nearly dies of morphine-poisoning herself before the close. Each time the story threatens to peter out, Gilpatrick tosses in another twist, but the final one strains credulity. Still, Katie's a keeper, and the writing's fluid and easygoing. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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