- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Milford House Press (October 31, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620064790
- ISBN-13: 978-1620064795
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,592,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A Brother's Cold Case is timely and compelling. This story of a reporter's search to connect a series of unexplained deaths before he becomes the next victim could have been ripped from newspaper headlines. Complete with a harrowing Sandia Mountain ambush, a life-threatening fire, and a long-surviving Pueblo Indian community with closely held secrets, this mystery will keep you up at night. Dennis Herrick's new book is a good tale well told."
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"Two-and-a-half years after his ex-cop brother was murdered, Albuquerque, New Mexico, newspaper reporter Andy Cornell begins to link that unsolved crime to a string of deaths of homeless people. Cornell's search for the story will lead him to an ancient Pueblo Indian secret -- and more deaths. Since his previous novel, Winter of the Metal People, dealt with ancient Pueblo Indians, his treatment of the old mystery rings just as true. A Brother's Cold Case is a crackerjack contemporary mystery that's complex and thrilling."
"I am most impressed by the extensive research that A Brother's Cold Case included -- the depth of knowledge about history, of Pueblo lives/customs/rituals, of police work, of newspaper work, of the homeless community. I really enjoyed the development of the characters. All amazing....And then tying all of the above into such an intriguing plot that held my attention and kept me reading."
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Andy Cornell is the protagonist. He is a reporter for the Albuquerque “Sun,” a thinly disguised name-change and depiction of the now defunct “second” daily newspaper in the Duke City. Andy’s brother, Rick, had once been a cop, but alcohol got the best of him, and after he was fired from the police department, he became homeless, one of the many who wander the streets here. And he was murdered in Highland Park, which is near downtown, and is behind a former hospital which was recently renovated into an “up-scale” hotel. The murder occurred more than two years earlier, remains unsolved, and thus has become a “cold case.” Andy is still intent on finding who the murderer is, since the police seemed to have lost interest.
From his novel “Winter of the Metal People,” as well as attending a couple of “corn dances” at the surrounding pueblos with him, I knew that he had a deep interest, and accumulated knowledge of some Indian customs and history – at least as far as they will let you. No one enjoys being a “specimen” in a “zoo,” to be poked and prodded, and so, varying with the pueblo, there is a “line in the sand” that says you cannot cross: “poke no further.” Herrick was also a Professor of Journalism at UNM, and so I was not surprised to see these two threads, academia and the Indian pueblos, as strong components of this mystery.
But there were a number of other threads of his knowledge that I was unaware of, and are a matter of concern to me. Certainly there is, as mentioned above, the workings of a local newspaper. There is also the homeless population, the natural world, and the workings of the police department. And out of these threads, Herrick has woven a fascinating, “page-turning” tale, in the mystery genre. A second “confession”: normally I read books in roughly allocated “blocks” of time, and then turn to some other task. Yet in the case of this mystery, I deliberately broke this pattern; I had to see how it ended, and set aside those other tasks in a race to the end.
Some tidbits: there are the workings of the homeless kitchen where some liberals from the northeast heights will occasionally show up to help dish out the food as a salve for their conscious – hum; there is the contrast between the Acoma pueblo and the Tiwa-speaking ones along the Rio Grande; there is a (very familiar) hike out of (“beloved”) Elena Gallegos Nature Park up to “TWA canyon.” And, for sure, Herrick reconfirmed my bias that the “groves of academia” is a vicious place. Figure the last “tidbit” is not giving anything away in this tale, but throughout the book the Puaray Pueblo is prominently featured. There are now 19 recognized pueblos in New Mexico, and on a good day I could probably name 16. But I had not heard of Puaray, and figured it was one of those three… and he carefully described its location, north on a road I rarely take and so I made a mental note to drive by it, if not enter it up to that “line in the sand.” Turns out as he reveals in the “Author’s Notes” that it WAS a real pueblo which ceased to exist in 1700, and what he described was a composite of other pueblos… and thus he obviated the need for that drive.
It is a wonderful, informative tale, and a good mystery, particularly for those interested in the Southwest. 5-stars, plus, and a 6-star rating if you live in Albuquerque, and wonder about that larger world around you.
A newspaper reporter with plenty of baggage (Vietnam War, two divorces, alcoholic brother who is gunned down in an Albuquerque park) he’s familiar with pain and fear but he doesn’t let either of those stop him from going after whoever killed former detective Rick Cornell.
Andy’s search takes him deep into police department, the homeless community and the Pueblo Indian culture and he eventually uncovers surprising secrets. Herrick’s expert handling of the well-drawn characters and their relationships keep the reader involved as much as the tension that builds as Andy gradually finds himself at the center of his brother’s cold case.
The details about the Pueblo Indians enriches this well-written police procedural for those of us interested in the history of the southwest.