Writing separately, authors Jonathan and Faye Kellerman have crafted bestseller after bestseller, most notably the mysteries featuring psychologist Alex Delaware (Jonathan), and the police procedurals with Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (Faye). Now, for the first time, the Kellermans have co-authored a book, Double Homicide, which contains a pair of novellas set in Santa Fe and Boston. In the first, police detectives Darrel Two Moons and Steve Katz investigate the bludgeoning death of a well-loathed art dealer, dealt his mortal blow by a piece of lethally heavy sculpture. In the second, Boston cops Dorothy Breton and Micky McCain look into the shooting death of a young basketball star. One small problem, though: although the .32 was emptied into the young man's chest, the bullet wounds were apparently not the cause of his untimely demise. Quelle conundrum!Both novellas are briskly paced and clearly well thought out in terms of plot development. By necessity, due to the truncated format of the novella, the main characters are perhaps not as fleshed out as their counterparts in a novel might be; that said, all four main characters come across as thoroughly believable, doggedly in pursuit of the truth.
Interestingly, the voice of the two-writer unit is distinctly different from the voices of its husband-and-wife components. Together, they rely much more heavily on dialogue and less on mood-setting prose than does either as an individual author. Word on the street is that Double Homicide marks the beginning of a new series. We're looking forward to the second installment!