The Case of the Forsaken Child Paperback – November 15, 2020
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- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0988795582
- ISBN-13 : 978-0988795587
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.88 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Mesa Verde Publishing (November 15, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #119,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But during a gathering at the pub after the end of Friday's first day of programming, one of the detectives from the Met, who has been working undercover on a drug case, tells him her cover has been blown. She won't, however, accept his advice to report this to her handler, or even accept the offer of one of his own officers to walk her back to her hotel.
Not long after the officers have all left the pub, undercover officer Kimberley Devine is dead, killed in a hit-and-run with no known witnesses, in an area where the CCTV coverage is lousy.
Soon David Graham is investigating his own old colleagues and friends, while confronting his own painful loss and lingering guilt, as well as being harassed by Freddy Solomon, Gorey's own muckraking police--or rather, anti-police--blogger, determined to unearth all the lazy, sloppy, or corrupt police work he's sure is going on.
Unfortunately, one of the suspects in the death of Kimberley Devine is Graham's old boss and dearly respected mentor, Superintendent Nigel Needham. He's old now, nearing retirement, and in the early stages of Alzheimer's. And he knows it, but he's trying to hang on to his approaching retirement date.
His expensive rental car proves to have damage consistent with what would have been caused to the car that hit Devine at high speed, and killed her. There's also no evidence that proves it was his car that hit her--but none that proves it was some other car, either. And Needham can't fully account for his movements, due to his quite evidently failing short-term memory.
The conference and the investigation combine to push all Graham's juniors to stretch their skills. Jim Roach is moved to think about whether he wants to pursue forensic training even if it means leaving Jersey. Jack Wentworth, the Constabulary's part-time IT guy, demonstrates security and decryption skills his colleagues hadn't previously suspected. Janice Harding and David's girlfriend, Laura Beecham, find themselves both helping a struggling ten-year-old who might be the needed witness to the crash, and assisting Graham in his unexpected but effective memory techniques.
All our familiar characters are both growing, and revealing more of themselves. In a truly unexpected development, this includes Freddy Solomon.
It's a good mystery, and a good visit with old friends who continue to grow more interesting. Recommended.
I received a free electronic galley of this book from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.
"The Case of the Forsaken Child" is a step above your typical Cozy Mystery in both story line and layers. We get a small glimpse into the dark world of 'deep undercover' police work and the toll it can take on those heroes who live there; someone as forgetful as myself will be fascinated by the Memory Palace experience juxtaposed against the threat to another character of Alzheimer's Disease (and I have to wonder if in practice one could offset the other?); who IS the Forsaken Child? Billy? Katie? There are so many different ways to "forsake" a child; ultimately we are each responsible for our decisions, however, is ANY of the blame mitigated by our circumstances?
Finally I would like to say KUDOS to the author and editing team! I find that with most digital Cozy reads I spend most of my time cringing at the grammatical errors and typos which seem to go completely unchecked. This book has been very well edited and was a pleasure to read. Thank You!