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- File Size : 3390 KB
- Publication Date : February 28, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 176 pages
- Publisher : Red Dog Press LLC (February 28, 2019)
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1944223274
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07NTMR44L
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,944,882 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hangar and Reina were my favorite characters in this piece. Their relationship is complicated, but endearing. I also really loved seeing another side to the events of Book 1, getting more clues about its mysteries, as well as learning more about the beliefs of the Bridgers. And although I did mention it started slow (which, to be fair, might have been me trying to get a good picture in my head of the various precincts in Spadros quadrant), it definitely picks up and draws you in.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has read any books in The Red Dog Conspiracy. But it can technically be read before starting the series. Anyone who likes mysteries involving uncorrupt cops in a corrupt society might also enjoy this story.
Constable Paix Hanger and his partner, probationary constable, Leone Briscola catch the investigation because their beat is the low numbered streets nearest the Pot. Mrs. Bryce, David’s mother recently fled Dickens after the death of her husband with David and her other son, Herbert one step ahead of a ruthless bill collector, Kiga. (Vulnerable by Patricia Loofbourrow).
Hanger refuses to give up on solving David’s disappearance. Running afoul of fellow police officers and the Spadros crime family alike, Hanger learns he has friends, as well as enemies, in places he never imagined. And while the investigation takes him to lengths he also never imagined, the body count grows and Hanger seems no closer to finding the killer.
A good yarn, and one that is a perfect companion to Ms. Loofbourrow’s Jacq of Spades, I was simultaneously sympathetic with Mrs. Bryce and frustrated with her lack of honesty while still understanding the lack of trust she felt for anyone. She is a victim, but in what respect? And who is killing young men? To cover something up? If so, what is the killer trying to hide? Is the Spadros family behind this? Do they have a rogue associate? Or is the killer someone else entirely? And what does the red dog sign have to do with the crime?
You should read it and decide for yourself, and have a great time doing it! I wanted to cheer for Hanger, roll my eyes at Kanhu, feel sorry for Green, scream Scheinwold and cringe each time another strangling victim appeared. A good read!
I read this as part of the Death and Damages box set.
I’ve reviewed other books in the Red Dog Conspiracy, but this one ties more closely to the prequels than the actual series in its focus on the commoner, in this case, a policeman. The struggle of those without power or influence in a world defined by those values is a favorite of mine, but often puts character agency at risk. Loofbourrow works around this by giving her characters agency within the limits of their position coupled with frustration at how those limits compromise the characters’ values. Drawing Thin is a strong example of this feat.
This book is true to the “guy on the street” view. It shows us the situation in Bridges isn’t as clear cut as previously believed, but rather, there are multiple parties unhappy with family rule even among officials. It also brings home the contradictions of trying to uphold the law when the ruling families are above it in both their actions and the ability to enforce their own rules brutally.
Paix Hanger is honorable and full of conviction. He is a crusader who has had to learn his crusade is tainted. It has hindered his career in the past and continues to make things difficult. Paix struggles with this when others accept it as life.
He’s a good man. People trust him and want to help him, but his own convictions make that difficult. Those convictions sometimes lead him astray, and even when they don’t, they put others around him at risk. I liked how he didn’t hold to his vision and ignore contrary evidence when presented with it. Instead, he attempted to come to terms with what he learned. While I didn’t always support his choices, I respected him for his approach.
This sounds like the story has only one character, which isn’t true, though Paix is very much the focus as well as the POV. Many others who appear only briefly or are critical throughout are given just enough backstory or personality to bring them to life. You get a real sense of the hierarchy and how even childhood friendship plays a part in who looks out for whom.
The case Paix is working is horrific, involving as it does kidnapping and crimes against children. It puts his convictions to the test as little else could, revealing friends where before he’d thought he had none and showing even those protected by the Spadros Family are not safe. His work forms both the background and the crucial pressure in his struggle, but more than that, the insights he gains affect his perception of his personal choices and brings everything he thought he knew into question. Whether it’s because of Bridger morality or the families’ power, Paix is caught on a precipice where every choice has costs for him and those around him, friend or foe.
This story is constrained by the events in the first book of the Red Dog Conspiracy. I think it did a good job of using those events to get the heart of one honorable police officer in a world where corruption drags even the best officers down.
P.S. I received this copy from the author as a thank you for beta reading an earlier version. I read the final to see what had changed and enjoyed the improvements.