Ballantine, Oct 2003, 24.95, 400 pp.
True crime writer and free lance journalist Molly Blume also writes a weekly column Crime Sheet. She gathers police reports of local crimes in the L.A. neighborhoods and reports on them in the newspaper. She notices a case of vandalism on a street that she knows. When she looks into it she discovers that the person who was vandalized is a very pro HARP (Historic Archeological Restoration and Preservation Board). She observes a pattern to the local vandalism cases as the targets are all Pro-Harp supporters. Tempers between neighbors on opposing sides are turning ugly.
When a fire breaks out in the house of Professor Linney, the police at first think it was the same vandal who did property damage to the other pro-Harp homes. The house was for sale and supposed to be deserted because the professor was living with his son-in-law. Molly thinks Linney's death is linked to his daughter's disappearance five months ago and the same person killed them both. She begins investigating in earnest and comes to the attention of a killer who won't hesitate to commit another murder.
The protagonist of DREAM HOUSE is an Orthodox Jew and her religion is an integral part of her life enabling readers to learn the practices of this group. Rochelle Krich has written a very clever and entertaining journalist investigative tale filled with several viable suspects and a few red herrings tossed in that makes the story line even more exciting. The author incorporates a very interesting social issue into a fine who-done-it plot.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner