Black Dreams

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Theresa Fortunato (professional psychic) was invaluable to Oliver Jardine (Los Angeles Police Department) in the apprehension of a serial killer. In fact, in the course of that adventure Jardine discovered that he possessed certain latent talents of his own. In consequence, in addition to a considerable personal attraction, Jardine has professional reasons for maintaining a connection with Fortunato. The two have taken to meeting once a week so that Jardine might further hone his native talent.

Thus, Fortunato is not unwilling to inform Jardine of an experience which even for her is quite unusual. Fortunato is receiving psychic messages from an abducted child—messages so powerful as to be impossible to deny. The connection with the child becomes all the more compelling when Fortunato is retained by the mother to locate her lost daughter.

Jardine is sympathetic, but he has his own case load to consider. An antique dealer is dead and suspects are nonexistent. When a picture of the missing child inexplicably turns up in the murdered man’s office, Fortunato realizes that they must collaborate more thoroughly than before—most especially when she becomes the recipient of yet another vision, indicating that the mother herself is in danger.

BLACK DREAMS is the second of Kate Green’s works about Fortunato and Jardine, and it’s a worthy successor to SHATTERED MOON, which was nominated in 1986 for the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery. Green does not write mysteries per se, but novels which happen to involve a problem of detection. She is carefully developing her characters in a three-dimensional context, revealing their past a bit at a time, as well as exploring the various aspects of a personal relationship which is anything but conventional.