The murder-mystery series "The Killing" fourth and final season, airs on Netflix beginning on August 1, 2014. And fans of the series (which formerly aired on AMC) will also want to sink their teeth into 'The Killing: Uncommon Denominator' (Titan Press) a prequel novel written by Karen Dionne. It details an earlier case involving Detectives Steven Holder and Sarah Linden.
The book actually takes place prior to the first season of the show, so even non-diehards can enjoy a solid mystery not steeped in continuity. The book revolves around two cases: Holder is going undercover, investigating a meth-ring. An investigation that gets infinitely more difficult when his snitch accidentally blows himself up in a meth lab.
Linden also happens upon the scene of the explosion, but she's on a different path; investigating a case of a brilliant scientist found dead in the same location.
The book adds in several other elements to build suspense, including a missing child, and another dead scientist added into the mix.
The only negative is that given this took place before the first season of the series, Holden and Linden never actually meet, and we miss the banter and rhythm of their partnership, which is the one element of the series that remains the strongest, given the sometimes unsatisfactory conclusions to their television mysteries.
But for a quick, fun summer read, 'The Killing: Uncommon Denominator' is a satisfying page turner, and one that concludes more satisfactory than the season three finale. We'll have to binge-watch the fourth season on Netflix to see just how Holden and Linden's character arcs conclude.