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Karma by Susan Dunlap
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Karma (1981)

by Susan Dunlap

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It's a slight thing, this book. Yeah, I finished it, and yes, I more or less enjoyed it, but it sort of read as a...plot-genie first work. The bones were very evident, somehow. But I have read other Dunlap mysteries and liked them, so possibly it was more my mood than the book. I don't know, there just was a layer of meanness to this mystery. ( )
  jarvenpa | Mar 31, 2013 |
Berkeley cop Jill Smith accepts an invitation to see the new guru in town. When the young man dies before her eyes, his followers say it was his karma to die. Jill disagrees as she has found a dagger buried in the young man's heart. Once again, the beleagered Jill Smith fights the odds, including, sometimes, her fellow officers, to find a solution. ( )
  siubhank | Sep 16, 2007 |
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A thirty-something junk-food maven and brash, brainy Berkeley cop, Jill Smith usually doesn't spend much time contemplating her navel.  But she accepted an invitation to see the new guru in town.  She was as shocked as the rest of the packed house when the young man's spirit rose to heaven before their very eyes . . . with a little earthly aid from the dagger buried deep in his swirling red robes.  His followers say it was hi karma to die.  Now Jill Smith's seeking enlightenment--looking deep into prime causes such as love, hate, ambition, and dark dreams.  Among a host of devoted disciples, rough real-estate dealers, rival soul savers, and beautiful consorts, she's searching for the answer to a cop's prayers:  the person whose karma is to kill.

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In Berkeley, California, Telegraph Avenue is the headquarters for the city's strangest inhabitants. Cultists, drug addicts, and hippie burnouts wander its streets, looking to raise their consciousness or, if that fails, to just get high. And Jill Smith walks with them, a beat cop with her finger on the pulse of one of the most unique neighborhoods in America. With time on her hands after her divorce, Jill lets a friend drag her to hear the district's hot new guru, a Buddhist holy man from Bhutan. As his disciples clap and cheer , Jill tries to keep from smirking. The guru finally draws her attention, however, when he slumps forward with a knife in his back. She calls for backup and cordons off the temple. Jill doesn't care about karma, but she knows when justice is due.… (more)

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