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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.
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
Jackson is trying to deal with his daughter Katie, who is drunk and out of control. Katie refuses to deal with her father, so Jackson is forced to have the officer arrest her. As the officer is taking Katie into custody, Jackson gets called on a new murder case. Jackson is just coming back from medical leave. Along with having to deal with his daughter's alcohol problems and arrest, Jackson is not sure he is ready to deal with a new murder case.
While he is investigating a death at a self storage facility, he finds certain links to a potential terrorist group. He shares clues with the detectives working on the bombing of local factory. Because the bombing might be linked to terrorists, the FBI enters into the investigation. Wade Jackson finds that the person of interest for the murder at the storage unit may have a connection to the bombing. While Jackson is pursuing his murder suspect, he still is dealing with his daughter's alcohol problems.
I enjoy how Sellers keeps weaving new twists into the story. Sellers gradually brings all of the main characters together in an effort find the murder suspect and the people responsible for the bombing.
FBI undercover Agent Jamie Dallas is introduced to the reader. Her undercover investigations provide important details to all of the ongoing investigations. It takes all of Wade Jackson's patience to deal with a hostage situation with a unique twist.
Even with all the investigations going on, I was pleased Sellers kept Wade's focus on his daughter's issues. Readers will enjoy the twists involving Jackson's daughter Katie, his retired detective friend, Wade's girlfriend, Kera, and Katie's court appointed counselor.
We find answers to Wade Jackson's family issues, successful investigations, and an ending that will surprise everyone. We will read more about undercover Agent Jamie Dallas as she is featured in Seller's new book "The Trigger" launching in January of 2014.