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"The first wave was our coming out stories and now we are writing about so many other
things. Ours are the only untold stories--itwas true then, it's true now. We've invented
our lives. It's just exciting to me, the booksyet to be written."

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

Flashpoint (1994)

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)


Short Stories

Dreams and Swords (1988)


Anthologies Edited

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

Print Book Price : $15.95 e-Book Price : $10.95

ISBN-13: 9781935226666

Available from Bella Books




LAPD Detective Kate Delafield has a new, iron-willed female lieutenant—a tough new partner who may turn out to be a much-needed ally. She also has a dangerous new case.

A reclusive old man has been brutally slain at the La Brea Tar Pits. The unusual investigation could uncover the truth of humanity’s ancient past, and at the same time expose the corruption and violence of the present. And everyone involved—from an alluring scientist with a dark secret to a treacherous CIA officer with his own agenda—is suspect.

With more at stake than just a pile of bones, Kate has to gather together the pieces of a timeless puzzle, and make sure they all fit—before a remorseless killer decides to make her a part of history...

Originally Published by Berkley Publishing Group 1999

Editorial Reviews


From Library Journal

Los Angeles homicide detective Kate Delafield's latest adventure takes her to the famous La Brea tar pits, where she breaks in new partner Joe on a bizarre case of murder. An excellent novel by a two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Mystery.

Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


From Kirkus Reviews

Forty thousand years after the La Brea Tar Pits claim the victims they immortalize as fossils, and 60 years after the discovery of Peking Man, something that looks uncannily like a mandible from the Chinese discovery, which vanished in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, turns up at the Tar Pits the very same day as the body of Herman Layton, one of the ex-Marines charged with removing the fossil from China way back when. The very next day, Layton's daughter Peri, a paleoanthropological prodigy whose recent career has sputtered, announces major funding for her newest African dig. Coincidence? LAPD Homicide Detective Kate Delafield and her new partner Joe Cameron don't think so. Neither does the CIA, which has latched onto the case as tightly as the Japanese on occupied China. Even as she's following the dead-end leads that would tell her whether the jawbone is the genuine article or a clever copyand trying to deal with her sudden dangerous attraction to Peri Layton, and wondering how to neutralize her friend Marcie Grissom's abusive ex, and coming to terms with the long-lost brother who's erupted without warning into her lifeKate is struggling to balance her loyalty to the Job with the peremptory demands of CIA case officer Nicholas Whitby, whose ideas of national security makes him a modern mastodon ripe for tarring. So many moral dilemmas crowd Kate's seventh (Apparition Alley, 1997, etc.), in fact, that murder and detection play distinctly supporting roles.

-- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.



No bones about it. "L.A. policewoman Kate Delafield has been the most acclaimed of the lesbian detectives."

--Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine


"Ms. Forrest's Los Angeles homicide detective Kate Delafield makes a strong impression...[she] plies her trade with admirable efficiency and more hard-to-come-by integrity."--New York Times Book Review


"A pioneer in lesbian literature."

--Lambda Book Report


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