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Not bad for a first effort in a series
on October 3, 2012
I have rated this three stars, but probably would give it 3 1/2 if possible.
This police procedural opens with the shotgun murder of Levi Vogue, Chairman of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. And it turns out that Vogue likes to live on the edge sexually and is not the squeaky clean Mormon that people in the community think he is.
Because of Vogue's job, Sam Kincaid of the Utah Department of Corrections investigative arm, is called in to work with Kate McConnell, a homicide detective with the Salt Lake police department. Their investigation begins with the sexual kinkiness and then widens out step-by-step to the rottenness inside the Utah prison system. Tension is added because the victim's family is connected enough to put political pressure on the investigators' higher ups. The office politics involved seemed realistic enough.
A primary weakness is in the characterization of the peripheral characters to the well-done Kincaid, especially the stereotyping of his daughter and his aunt. McConnell, who he becomes romantically involved with, could have been done a little better and probably will be in further novels starring the two of them. Dialogue could be tighter in places also.
But these points are minor compared to the denouement. The killer tries to take revenge on Kincaid -- a little trite -- as he narrows in by taking his family hostage. During the scene where Kincaid finally gets free, the killer reveals all and nicely summarizes everything up. Needs to be much better.