Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay

A Novel

Large Print - 2020
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Deputy Coroner Clay Edison has his hands full. He's got a new baby who won't sleep. He's working the graveyard shift. And he's trying, for once, to mind his own business. Then comes the first call. Workers demolishing a local park have made a haunting discovery: the decades-old skeleton of a child. But whose? And how did it get there? No sooner has Clay begun to investigate than he receives a second call--this one from a local businessman, wondering if the body could belong to his sister. She went missing fifty years ago, the man says. Or at least I think she did. It's a little complicated. And things only get stranger from there. Clay's relentless search for answers will unearth a history of violence and secrets, revolution and betrayal. Because in this town, the past isn't dead. It isn't even past. It's very much alive. And it can kill."--
Publisher: New York : Random House Inc, 2020
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780593102848
Characteristics: 484 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Kellerman, Jesse

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USAF1969
Oct 23, 2020

HALF MOON BAY by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman is a really interesting novel of crimes and family dynamics overlaid with the unique idiosyncrasies of the San Francisco Bay area (current and stretching back to the 60s, in this case). The characters are interesting and the story line has enough twists and turns that it keeps you reading. It is a good read, but it falls just a little short of the usual Kellerman's fare.

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catmom4
Oct 18, 2020

Very confusing stories. Too many characters and stories going in too many different directions all at once. Wondered more than once if the Kellermans were getting paid by the word as they sure went into minute detail about every person place or thing Clay Edison encountered. Finished the book but didn't really enjoy it and would not recommend it. I've enjoyed many of his other books but this one is a dud.

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Summer2021
Oct 05, 2020

The writing was excellent.

The storyline about the missing girl was intricate and very well crafted.

Personally, though, I didn't enjoy the other storyline--with the protestors. It was well done, nonetheless.

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morrowpa
Aug 09, 2020

I am a fan of Kellerman have read all the Alex Delaware and and other novels "Billy Straight" "Twisted" and a those written with his wife Faye, but was disappointed in "Half Moon Bay". By the time I had gotten to Page 12 I had been introduced to 6 Characters Page 40 Chapter 4 I was up to 19 Characters. This is a new character every two pages. I knew then I was going to have to go back and make a list in order to keep up with who was who for the rest of the novel. I stopped listing the new characters but they did not stop appearing. Three different characters had assistants. There are three basic stories in the novel and every one of them could have lost half of the characters and the story would have been unchanged. You have Clay Edison and his family raising the baby. Clay helping Peter find his sister. Clay trying to discover the family of a small child buried in the park. Story lines good but there were so many unnecessary characters. Over half were only mentioned once and never heard from again. This all makes the story lines hard to follow when all these names are thrown at you and are trying to remember them. Please go back to ALEX DELAWARE!!!

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LarryKlein
Jul 27, 2020

Shame on the Kellermans. This story could be told in half the pages and I would have quit reading it very early had I had other books waiting for me to pick up. This one just dragged on and on and and on and was so uncharacteristic of Kellerman that I kept looking to make sure it was by the same Kellerman that I enjoy so much.

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