of my favorite literary passages of recent memory is found at the
beginning of PAST DUE, in which a police crime scene is compared to
a Nativity display. A KILLER'S KISS, William Lashner's latest
novel, contains an equally memorable passage about the ease with
which one can fall back into disastrous habits with an old lover.
It is this immutable truth that forms the basis for A KILLER'S
KISS, as well as for the fall from grace of Victor Carl, Lashner's
quietly deteriorating protagonist.
Carl has undergone a gradual but inexorable transformation since