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The Investigation

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Kitty Keeler is beautiful, blond, and anything but the conventional middle-class mother of the neighborhood. She is estranged from her husband, hoards expensive clothes and leads a very social life around gambling casinos and organized crime.

When Kitty's two small sons are found dead, everyone quickly concludes Kitty murdered them. She quickly becomes a media sensation.

Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 6th 1979 by Pan Books (first published 1977)
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Carol Balawyder
Mar 29, 2014 Carol Balawyder rated it it was amazing
My first encounter with Dorothy Uhnak was in the early eighties when I picked up for 50 cents "Policewoman" at Spencer’s Mystery Book Store in Boston.
Now, some twenty years later I’ve picked up another book by her: "The Investigation". Uhnak, who for 14 years, was a policewoman for the New York City Transit Police Department. She then turned to writing Police Procedural novels.
"The Investigation" takes you inside what it’s like being a detective investigating a murder and Uhnak knows what she's
Mar 26, 2014 Kshydog rated it liked it
Book dates itself but still a good read about a police detective getting personally involved in a case. Enjoyed the interaction among policemen and how politics plays a part in their decisions. Kitty never became likable to me; it was like she was playing the part of an actress depending on who she was around. How could the detective ever feel compassion for her situation was beyond me. The network involved with criminals was horrible when you realize how truthful it could be.
Jan 27, 2009 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, murder
An older book, but a good one. This starts with a murder of two little boys and a good idea of who did it.
The book is about just what the title says "The Investigation." It's about how it is conducted and how the police determine who did it. It's good police procedure and written from the experience of the author.
May 10, 2008 Sandra rated it really liked it
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Written in the author’s first First Person POV narrative, Joe Peters, a near-retirement NYPD detective, relates the strange, disturbing case of Kitty Keeler. Did or did not Kitty kill her two small children?
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Oct 23, 2012 Denise DeRocher rated it really liked it
I love, love, love Uhnak - she never disappoints!!
Nov 10, 2012 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good crime/detective novel.
Mar 11, 2017 Jordan rated it did not like it
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too much of a downer
Jul 04, 2015 Nora added it
<<< SPOILERS >>>

Disappointed in the ending. Kitty Keeler first appears as an independent woman who knows her way around the world; then Det. Joe Peters shows that the police are completely prejudiced and have a mysogynistic view of her; THEN it turns out that she was not independent at all, to the point where she received (and met!) orders about who to have sex with, and the police were right after all... Terrible.

That said, the writing is solid and witty at some places. Expect
Diana Long
Jan 01, 2015 Diana Long rated it really liked it
This was an interesting crime novel, which was well written but not remarkable. I thought the author created an imaginative plot and her characters were well developed. Some twists and turns but an easy to follow story made this a good read and I would recommend it.
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Uhnak's first book was autobiographical Policewoman (1964), written and published while she was still a New York Transit Police detective.

Her debut fiction, The Bait (1968), received a 1969 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel (in a tie with E. Richard Johnson's Silver Street). The Bait was also made into a 1973 made-for-television film of the same title. It was fo
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