A Hunting We Will Go

Hal Friedman, Author
Hal Friedman, Author HarperCollins Publishers $23 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-018264-9
Reviewed on: 12/29/1997
Release date: 01/01/1998
Mixing and matching devices from other thrillers, this debut about a pair of star-stalking killers never quite gets off the ground. News anchor and former English professor Katlyn Rome is already facing professional and personal tensions (especially the resentment of her husband, a music producer, over her new career) when she delivers an impromptu editorial on the six-o'clock news questioning the LAPD's handling of a series of rapes and murders committed by a celebrity-obsessed killer nicknamed Starman, whose targets range from porn stars to rock musicians. While Katlyn's boss is critical of her unprofessional rashness, he decides to capitalize on the publicity by having Katlyn cover the Starman story. Needless to say, Katlyn soon attracts the notice of Starman and his mysterious partner, Bo, who stalk her cat-and-mouse fashion, stealing photograph albums from her home, leaving threatening messages and even breaking into a hospital lab to destroy her fertilized egg. Although Friedman has a gift for capturing L.A.'s obsession with publicity, the assorted pathologies he assigns to his pair of killers are old hat, and we never believe in Katlyn's peril enough to care about her story. (Apr.)
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