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The Kate Delafield Mystery Series
Hancock Park (2004)
Sleeping Bones (1999)
Apparition Alley (1997)
Liberty Square (1996)
Murder by Tradition (1991)
The Beverly Malibu (1989)
Murder at the Nightwood Bar (1987)
Amateur City (1984)
Novels of Romance / Drama
An Emergency of Green (1988)
Curious Wine (1983)
Daughters of an Emerald Dusk (2005)
Daughters of an Amber Noon (2002)
Daughters of a Coral Dawn (1984)
Dreams and Swords (1988)
Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco (2007)
Lesbian Pulp Fiction: The Sexually Intrepid World or Lesbian Paperback Novels 1950 - 1965 (2005)
Women of Mystery (2005)
All in the Seasoning: and Other Holiday Stories (2004)
Publisher: Spinsters Ink
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For LAPD Homicide Detective Kate Delafield, Washington DC is the last place on earth she wants to be. But, thanks to her partner's machinations, here she is.
Driven by insatiable curiosity about a past Kate has adamantly refused to share, Aimee has maneuvered her into attending what Aimee views as an innocuous reunion of the men and women with whom Kate served as a Marine Corps officer in Vietnam twenty-five years ago.
The past resurfaces with a vengeance. First, shots are fired into their hotel room. Then a savage murder is committed by someone attending the reunion. Kate finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation in a city where she has no jurisdiction, confronted by detectives who view her with contentious suspicion. And Aimee learns to her consternation that Kate has had very good reasons to hold her memories at bay. Shocking secrets emerge—among them the alluring Rachel, who has now, thanks to Aimee, reentered Kate's life.
In unknown and hostile terrain, Kate must find a way through her tumultuous emotions, must use all her training and resourcefulness to protect herself and Aimee from the lethal danger gathering all around them. .
(First Publication Berkley Trade (November 7, 2000)
Long before high-profile lesbian cops such as Laurie R. King's Kate Martinelli were fighting for our attention, a former Marine turned Los Angeles police detective named Kate Delafield was doing some quietly effective ground-breaking of her own under the expert guidance of Katherine V. Forrest. In Liberty Square, Delafield is in Washington, D.C., for the 25th anniversary reunion of her old Vietnam outfit. When all hell breaks loose, it's Kate the cop who has to sort it out. Forrest's writing is spare and her characters come to life quickly. Other Delafield books in paperback include Amateur City, The Beverly Malibu, Murder at the Nightwood Bar, and Murder by Tradition.
From Publishers Weekly
The fifth Kate Delafield mystery by Lamda award-winning author Forrest finds the LAPD homicide detective (and her lover, Aimee), in Washington, D.C., reluctantly attending her first Vietnam veterans' reunion. The memories Kate has tried so hard to repress for 25 years come flooding back when one of the vets is gruesomely murdered and she is pressed into service by the Washington police to probe the memories of her one-time colleagues in search of the killer....Forrest continues to deal with important issues, here prejudice against homosexuals as well as now-forgotten Vietnam vets.
From Library Journal
The fifth Kate Delafield mystery (e.g., Flashpoints, LJ 6/1/94) by Lamda award-winning author Forrest finds the LAPD homicide detective (and her lover, Aimee), in Washington, D.C., reluctantly attending her first Vietnam veterans' reunion. The memories Kate has tried so hard to repress for 25 years come flooding back when one of the vets is gruesomely murdered and she is pressed into service by the Washington police to probe the memories of her one-time colleagues in search of the killer. Despite some pedestrian writing and cliched characters, Forrest continues to deal with important issues, here prejudice against homosexuals as well as now-forgotten Vietnam vets.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
Kate Delafield, LAPD (Murder by Tradition, not reviewed), didn't even want to attend the 25th reunion of her Marine Corps unit's Vietnam stint, but since she was in Washington anyway for a training seminar, she let her lover Aimee Grant check her into the Inn at Liberty Square, where the festivities are to begin. Welcome to D.C., Kate. The night before the reunion even starts, she and Aimee are greeted by a hail of bullets that perforate their hotel door. Allan Gerlock's reception is even chillier: The wayward lieutenant who'd been assigned to direct small-time projects to help Vietnamese civilians has had his throat cut. The only clue, the letters CAP scrawled in his own blood, points straight past the assembled crowd--swaggering Woody Hampton, burned-out Doc Edward Coleman, whiny Melanie Shaw, toughened nurse Bernie Murphy, wheeler-dealer Gabe Bradford, killing- machine Dacey, and Kate's in-country lover Rachel Summer--to Lt. Charles A. Pearson, Kate's onetime fianc‚, MIA since 1969. Could Cap Pearson still be alive? If he is, why would he wait so long to kill a fellow Marine? How could he crash a reunion in which everybody knows everybody else? And what does his open homosexuality have to do with Allan Gerlock's murder? Written like a reunion journal itself--lots of can-you-top- this horror stories about the war to wade through--but Kate eventually comes up with satisfying answers to all those riddles, especially the last. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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