King writes two series in which strong women are the central characters. A Grave Talent, the authorís debut, won major wards on both sides of the Atlantic and introduced Kate Martinelli, a homicide detective in San Francisco.
In the Martinelli novels the characters at the heart of the mystery set the tone for the story. Recurring characters in this series are Kateís lover, a doctor, and Al Hawkin, Martinelliís partner on the police force. The superb With Child is the most recent Martinelli title
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