Bob Cannon
August 08, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

An Hour to Kill

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Karin Yapalater
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

In her impressive debut, Karin Yapalater delivers a skillful mix of murder, sex, and psychosis. Two detectives investigating a pair of ghastly murders in Central Park discover they are personally connected to the victims, a prominent New York psychiatrist and the lesbian cop’s ex-lover. Meanwhile, an ambitious assistant D.A. would love to settle an old score by making the link. Yapalater gives that well-worn cop-under-suspicion plot a fresh set of prints, thanks to insightful prose about psychiatric dysfunction as well as whip-smart police dialogue. An Hour to Kill is a provocative couch trip in which those rascals Freud and Jung are as suspect as the perps.

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