This book was used as the basis for the pilot episode of the 1970's tv cop show The Streets of San Francisco. I had made the mistake of watching the very episode on a couple of weeks to acquiring the book, so while the mystery was removed from story for me, I was able to see clearly the subtle clues as they were presented.
Carolyn Weston wrote a three book series that became the basis for the hit 70s The Streets of San Francisco TV show. Poor, Poor Ophelia was an entertaining mystery and enjoyed though slightly less than Susannah Screaming. Our two detectives Krug and Kellog are a mismatched pair. Our case involves a dead girl (same as last time) and our person of interest in this case, is a young, smartly-dressed, trendy lawyer whose business card was found in our victims possession. Farr - our lawyer, could be Kellog if Kellog had chosen the kind of career path his father had wanted for him instead of choosing the police force, and Krug dislikes him on sight. Kellog isnt as convinced and during the course of the book, takes a more pro-active involvement in the case. Farr himself, having accepted his involvement, and feeling guilt over having dismissed Holly and her fears for her personal safety and having unwittingly led the murderer to her door attempts to extricate himself from the matter, by giving the detectives her brother someone who may hold the key to the case. I just kind of think, I maybe read the same book twice with a few obvious differences. Brash Books have re-issued these three Weston novels and if you like 70s crime and enjoyed the TV back in the day they are well worth checking out. Read in August, 2015 http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08...
My current favorite of their retro series is The Streets of San Francisco which ran from 1972-7. As the pilot was ninety minutes long, KOFY has never shown it and while it was fun to read the book that inspired the TV series, I was disappointed that I hadn't seen it (not in the first run since I'm a year too young) and certainly not in rerun. While the TV series takes place in the county and city of San Francisco, Weston's novel takes place in Santa Monica. The main characters in Weston's series are Casey Kellog (the native rookie) and Al Krug (the mentor but non-native Californian). Too much of water hast thou, poor Ophelia: The title of course comes from Hamlet. The book introduces a theme that replays many times in the series: the mentor's distrust of the younger generation.
Carolyn Weston wrote just six novels that Im aware of, including three 1970s police procedural-thrillers starring the detective odd couple Al Krug and Casey Kellogg. But Brash Books is bringing back her three Krug/Kellogg novels, and has commissioned crime writer Robin Burcell to continue the series. (Maybe its because the issues of the day are still the issues of todayanother Mideast crisis; unemployment was rising, inflation was unchecked.) Similarly, the novels main element is still relevant today: the generation gap between Al and the kids these days like Casey, which creates a lot of friction in the police department. It makes me wish Weston had been a more prolific writershe passed away in 2001, and aside from the three Krug/Kellogg novels, Im only aware that she wrote three other books. Westons other two Krug and Kellogg novels are scheduled for release by Brash Books later in the year, and have commissioned Robin Burcell to continue the series. (Im always leery about having one author continue anothers series, but Brash has had an excellent track record thus far.) Poor Poor Ophelia is an excellent police procedural, a fast-flowing novel with excellent characterization and strong plotting.
An excellent story told in a refreshing style, no super heroes leaping tall buildings, no descriptive sexual scenes and even minimal profanity.
He met a beautiful young woman and although he knew the affair would not last, he liked her. Who murdered this beautiful young women.
The smoking in buildings, the vintage cars, and of course the phone booths.
Written well and a fun, quick read.