Bestselling author Russell Andrews returns with a new thriller about a small-town cop who must get to the bottom of one of the greatest conspiracies of his time.
At first glance, the reporter's death looks accidental, but Jay is nagged by something not quite right about the murder scene. Against his better judgment, Westwood investigate, and happens across a witness that saw the murder. Fortunately, the murderer is not aware of the witness, until bratty cop Brian gives a television interview, and he, too, turns up dead.
Jay takes the witness, Deena Harper, and her daughter Kendall on a race to outwit the killers, determined to keep them alive while unraveling the puzzle of more unlikely murders that keep cropping up:
• Cranky movie buff, Wallace P. Crabbe
• The mistress of a prominent government official
• Nursing home residents who coincidentally have the same niece or nephew, one of which is missing and the other dead after the FBI is called in.
The protagonists in this book were very well developed and engaging. The plot is somewhat complicated, but very suspenseful. It made for a page-turning book after a few slow beginning chapters that set up the story. I liked that though there were a lot of characters and a more complicated plot than a standard whodunit, it was still easy to follow. The ending was a bit of a letdown so I can only give APHRODITE an qualified recommendation. It is still one of the better thrillers I have read lately.