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I don't do spoilers, but I will say that this is the eighth police procedural in the series that takes place in Eugene, Oregon. Ms Sellers is a Eugene native, so I tend to think that she writes from a place of first hand knowledge of the attitudes and policies of her home town. I visited Eugene a while back and was told more than once that Eugene has some strange politics - hippies on one side of town and rednecks on the other. I found Eugene to be a totally charming place to visit.
The main character is a man with a story filled with family and flaws. He could be a real person. I would add that this is a series that needs to be read in order. Although each mystery could stand on its own, the back story of Jackson, his family and his co-workers continues pretty seamlessly from book to book.
I hope that this series continues. I will read them all.
The seven books preceding CRIMES OF MEMORY are:
The Sex Club
Secrets to Die For
Thrilled to Death
Passions of the Dead
Dying for Justice
Liars, Cheaters & Thieves
Rules of Crime
woven around concern for the environment - in this case, the plastics used for bottled water- homelessness, and people motivated to do good, but failing miserably.
This story is not a soap box, but a well written police procedural. We follow each step with curiosity as she builds her story.
L.J. Sellers writes from Eugene, OR. Her knowledge of her town adds dimension to her books.
Jackson has lots of personal problems in this one, I have read them all and almost feel like I know him. I felt sorry for him even though I know it is a fiction character. If you like Jackson you will like about half of this, if you like Dallas you will like about half. If you like just one you will have a problem.
CRIMES OF MEMORY begins with two incidents. First, an intruder, attempts to start a fire in a bottled water company. The second incident is the discovery of a homeless man in a rental storage unit. The first crime involves environmental wackos ( or green activists if you prefer) who are distressed at the use of plastic bottles which they rate as ruinously dangerous to the environment. While the second crime apparently involves an old robbery and missing money.
The cases, and this is not a spoiler at all, eventually become enmeshed, though in a surprising way. It is the author's way to build the case methodically , just as a police procedural should , as it builds to a fast, exciting climax.
If you are new to this series of Sgt. Jackson mysteries, you might find the background of the main characters a bit sketchy, but that should not reduce your enjoyment of the novel. At any rate, if this book with the nicely managed plotting and well- developed story leads new readers to catch up on earlier books in the series, it is worth their time, while for regular readers of the series will enjoy re-acquaintance with Jackson, his connections with family and with his co-workers in the Eugene PD.
No gore, some violence, no bad language, sexual incidents referenced but nothing offensive. The books in the series are pretty much self- contained and can be read separately, but reading them in order is best.
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