T. Jefferson Parker's "Cold Pursuit" is a classic crime story...a complicated tale that unfolds effortlessly. He is a most visual writer.
Unanswered questions from the past frame the narrative. No one is quite what he or she appears as Detective Tom McMichael and his partner Hector Paz endeavor to unravel the truth about the murder of eighty-four year old San Diego patriarch Pete Braga.
There are three generations of bad blood between the Portuguese Bragas and the Irish McMichaels. McMichael's basic decency and personal code eliminate any chance of a clouded judgement.
There is no shortage of suspects: City Council members, the Catholic Diocese, a smuggling ring, the police force, members of either family---any of them could have done it.
As McMichael exhumes the past to explain the current crime, you can never anticipate what is coming next.
Each and every clue seems conflicting...altering newfound clarity into opaqueness in the turn of a page.
Wonderful misdirection. To paraphrase Inspector Clouseau: "I suspected everyone and I suspected no one."
A powerful ending. Do not miss this one.