Good to the Last Kiss (Crimes of the Depraved Mind) by Ronald Tierney

By Ronald Tierney

An Inspector Vincent Gratelli secret - San Francisco Inspector Vincent Gratelli is charged with discovering the killer of younger girls – all murdered within the comparable manner, all left with an intimate mark. the newest sufferer used to be overwhelmed and raped in her weekend cabin. There seems to be just one distinction – she remains to be alive. Which leaves Gratelli with questions: how can those murders be stopped . . . and the way does the killer think approximately unfinished enterprise?

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Um hmmn,’ David said. Julia had a moment alone outside. David had gotten caught up with friends and Julia had artfully slipped away before introductions could be made and before she’d have to explain what she did for a living and that she lived in a little studio on Hayes Street, though no doubt they would all think that was quaint. ‘Now, now,’ she told herself. This was her own, private little game of insecurity. ‘Grow up,’ she told herself. She walked further out toward the sidewalk. The huge, dark private club was before her.

All but two of the fourteen paired, Formica-topped desks were empty. One of the two on-duty homicide detectives would relay the message. The girl had been dead for a few days. The local authorities didn’t know exactly how long. According to the message, the girl was found in a ditch, hidden in the tall grasses. A dog had discovered the corpse. Julia was having difficulty shutting out the thoughts stealing uninvited into her brain. Each one was related to Thaddeus Maldeaux. Each one seemed to lend progress to a fantasy that was becoming more vivid, more dangerous.

Damn! He pushed the little gadget on the hose that let the gas flow on its own and walked over to the chick that got out of her Mazda. It was an old Mazda, the one with the aluminum, rotary engine. A wonder it was still running, he thought. ’ he asked her. She kind of jerked her head up in surprise. ‘Oh’ slipped from her lips almost accidentally. ‘Didn’t mean to scare you,’ he said, looking from her eyes to her long, graceful neck. ‘It’s all right,’ she said. But it was obvious she didn’t mean it.

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