A book by Kurt Vonnegut.
Police dispatcher, Winnie Sinclair starts off on the wrong foot by giving FBI agent a painting she had drawn of a raven with decorated beads. They were at the Police Department Christmas party and Kilraven's reaction was that he was angry and abruptly left the party.
Later that night Winnie is surprised by a visit from her mother. She hadn't spoken to her mother since her mother had run off with her uncle, a drug dealer. Winnie's father never forgave his former wife and when he was drinking, he would beat Winnie because she looked so much like her mother.
Kilraven realizes that he needs to explain his reaction to Winnie's gift. He invites her to his home and shows her a drawing that his daughter, Melly, had made. It was the last thing that she had done before she and Kilraven's wife were murdered, seven years ago. The raven in Winnie's drawing looks so much like that of his daughter, Kilraven thought someone had shown his daughter's drawing to her. Winnie mentions that sometimes she just senses things.
Kilraven is still in grief over his family's murder. He finds a connection to Senator Sanders and Sanders' brother, Hank. He also learns that the Senator has a thing for young girls and may have caused a young girl's death because she wanted to tell people that he had sex with her. His wife won't stay with him because of his predilection for underage girls. She stays in the family home in Nassau. When Kilraven discovers that Winnie's family owns a home that borders the Senator's, he thinks of a plan.
There's not a lot of action or suspense in this novel but for the reader looking for interesting characters, this book is a treat. Kilraven reminds me of a young Clint Eastwood and his character Rowdy Yates from TV's Rawhide. Also, when a young character named Matt enters the story, get ready to have your heart won over.
The author's theme seems to be of the strength of family and for forgiveness. I recommend the book to those who enjoy romantic mysteries with the emphasis on "romantic."
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