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- Publication Date: October 14, 2014
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- Language: English
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Blind Justice: A Lorne Simpkins Justice novella (prequel to Cruel Justice) (Justice Series) Kindle Edition
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However, when we actually meet the corpse, the whole short story begins an inexorable dive into the dumpster of incredibility. First, the body is found, without any identification, in a nearby wooded area and our pathologist will not let Simpkins or Childs see the body in situ. Arnaud also refuses to give them any information pending an autopsy that will not actually take place for another 36 hours. At this point, the author has the detectives leave the scene without so much as a word in a notebook or even an interview with the person who discovered the body. Really?
Next, at the autopsy, Simpkins and Childs learn that the body has been in those woods for almost TWO MONTHS (two warm Spring months, actually). Yet, even though faces and fingers are among the first and favorite dietary choices of woodland scavengers and the heat has spurred on the decomposition, a police artist has produced a facial sketch that is so accurate that the victim is positively identified within ONE HOUR of the sketch being made public. Again, really?
Page by page, the story continues to devolve, both procedurally and forensically, until even a basic suspension of disbelief is virtually impossible to maintain. And the characterizations of both our protagonists and their suspects become superficial, cartoonish and embarrassingly shallow.
The fact that a series entry is a short story does not justify an author taking a literary license that circumvents or adulterates standard police investigative or forensic procedures common to the period of the story. And while a short story does not usually allow for noticeable character growth, neither should it be a vehicle populated by caricatures or persons with the character depth of a cardboard cutout, particularly if the author wants a reader to move on to the next entry in the series.
Granted, this is a story that takes place in England rather than America – different countries, different laws. However, any mystery lover who has ever dabbled into mainstream British police procedurals such as those by Deborah Crombie, Martha Grimes, Ruth Rendell and Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, will quickly see that the scenes presented in this work do not ring true for either country.
Perhaps a different type of murder scenario should have been chosen for this short story prequel. This one had a seriously complicated motivation behind it as well as the death-to-discovery time line to deal with. The author simply created too much to deal with for it to fit accurately and believably within a little over 75 pages. As a result, the work comes off feeling like the first effort of a student in their first Creative Writing seminar.