Another Alex Delaware book, and that series continues to be
interesting and thought-provoking.
This time, a detailed book of gruesome photos shows up in Alex's
mailbox, and he is shocked to see such detailed crime-scene
photos, some stretching back many years, while others seem
recent. He puzzles over why anyone would send him such a book,
so he has to show it to his detective-friend, who suddenly recognizes one of the photos of his very first murder-victim.
And Milo has to admit that case was never solved, and he tells
about how he and his partner were transferred off the case very
soon, and how that case seemed to disappear from police concern.
Since that case is 20 yrs old, both men have a difficult time
figuring out what they are supposed to do, but both start thinking and questioning, and the further back they go trying to
unravel the mystery, the worse it becomes.
Milo's police career suddenly seems threatened, and both men are
warned off further investigation of the case of the young girl
who was murdered in brutal circumstances.
But they key to the mystery is far back in time, and they keep
uncovering some bizarre connections with moneyed businessmen
and their spoiled-brat children, and they can't quite drop their
Very entertaining, and the only bump in the minds of some readers will be the very liberal, always-forgiving nature of
these men, when some of their forgiveness seems so unlikely.
Real cops and real investigators of the truth would have a much
more difficult time forgiving and forgetting than Alex and Milo
do, so that attitude calls for some extra open-mindedness.