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Critical Praise

“Thoroughly charming book… [A] lot of fun to read.”
      — New York Times Book Review

“Allende’s tightly plotted tale of crimes obvious and masked is sharply perceptive, utterly charming, and intensely suspenseful.”
      — Booklist, starred review

“[A] rip-roaring, entertaining crime novel… Allende remains a remarkable spinner of stories. Her prose is sparkling and graceful… her ability to portray passion and action undimmed. RIPPER grabs you, toys with you, amuses you…”
      — Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Allende, always a captivating storyteller, takes the reader through a parade of San Francisco locales and types, and Amanda --- like Maya --- is an engaging character.”
      — San Jose Mercury News

“Appealing characters, a fast-paced plot, and a successfully imagined killer add up to great entertainment.”
      — Library Journal

“[Allende’s] facility with plotting and pacing will keep readers turning the pages.”
      — Publishers Weekly