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Well, I was. And I did (laugh). Giorgi's prose is full of pithy, witty, comic, or tragic, or merely memorable lines.
The cowboy image helps explain my affection for Track. I grew up on the 1960s TV Westerns my dad watched. Go get 'em, Track! Forget procedures and rules. Never mind a fair trial and the ethics of capital punishment. Hang 'em high, Track! We are Americans, fiercely independent by nature. United we stand; united, we love you!
Sorry. I digress.
Track's lover doesn't die in that riveting climax in Book One. He loses her because she isn't quite the "yay, Track!" cheerleader I am. Neither is Hortensia, the red-haired artist living along Venice Beach. Track takes her for granted, so the reader does, too. Well, hey, Hort assured him she liked it that way, and like the normal guy he could have been but isn't, Track believed her. The other woman, though, is more vulnerable and more open about being needy. She's suffered a lifetime of abusive men and awful relationships. When the villain uses her as a human shield to keep Track from shooting him, Track is all about satisfying his own instinct to kill rather than putting his lover's safety above all other considerations.
Well, I might take the same risk. You just can't let the villain get away. Sorry, honey.
Oh, there's a million other things going on in Mosaics. The first page is so gruesome, I don't know why I bothered to keep reading. Wait, yes I do. Book One wasn't that lurid. Nope. By the time Track owned my soul (or my reading time, anyway), it was too late to let a little thing like a woman's eyeballs melting in their sockets (while she's conscious!) keep me from getting more Track.
Really, it's a problem. Today I spent 90 minutes on the treadmill just to finish this novel. My feet hurt. (Knees, too, yada yada.) Worst of all, even though Track managed to sniff out the murderer at last, there remains an unsolved question. Track's epigenetic condition (which makes him so much cooler than any other detective in America) is somehow backfiring on him. One geneticist tells Track he's gonna die. Well, is he?? Normally this is where I answer my question: Of course not! But this novel does not end with that decisive assurance. If there's no Book 3 coming, I'll just write my own ending in my mind.
Well, you might be wondering about the plot. It's more complicated, layered, tricky and challenging than Book One. People are connected to each other in ways that even Track can't sniff out right away. The body count is staggering. It looks like more than one killer is at work here. Only Track has the talent to find out.
I'd love to say more, but I Kindle shared so many lines already, I got a message 3/4 of the way in that "this book no longer allows Kindle sharing." Seriously, I read those words on my Kindle screen, and I was unable to share the comment even if I opted out of Twitter AND Facebook AND amazon sharing. I avoid spoilers when I post these excerpts. I don't repeat an entire novel one tweet at a time. So what happened?
Just take my word for it, if you can't find my Kindle Shares: this novel is filled with great scenes, great characters and great lines. Call me an addict. More Track, please! Oh, and I never tire of the Greek mythology (Nemesis!), nor the sound track in the background. Dave Brubeck and other jazz legends add a sultry, sexy mood if you know the music or play it while reading this sophisticated, science-laced, literary thriller.
DISCLAIMER: I bought this book myself. It wasn't an ARC or a gift from the author with some request for a review. Lately I've rediscovered the joy of finding books on my own and deciding whether or not I'd like to read/review them without the obligation to do so for NetGalley, Vine or some earnest Indie Author who knows reviews can make or break sales.
So to the review:
Track Persius is back in "Mosaic" with his Zen storytelling partner Satish. There are some very memorial minor cast characters that you learn more about. I was drawn in from the first scene, until the last. Ms. Giorgi description of Los Angeles mixed in with the lively and colorful language of her characters totally pulls you into the world. I feel like I know them.
For me it still has that noir detective feel that reminds of those old detective series on TV, but it's not. It is a very modern tale dealing with genetics, serial killers, and interdepartmental police politics. It played out in my mind's eye like a TV show. I am very curious as to how this "gene thing" with Perisus will play out in future novels. She has given me enough to tease me with curiosity.
I'm not going to reiterate the story, because that is part of the fun of reading it. Perseus has a rare genetic profile that we learn more about in this book, after reading the debut novel. The title of the book" Mosaic" and the crime have an interesting connection that the writer builds on throughout.
This book can be read as a standalone. You do not have to read the previous to understand it, but highly recommend it, so you know the characters going into it. Ms. Giorgi has succeeded in getting me to invest myself in her characters. Even the characters' pets draw me in, Will the dog and King the cat giving me a bigger picture of who Persius actually is as a person and how normal he actually is despite his genes.
A little time has passed between the two novels in the character's timeframe and life. It was a very satisfying read. The ending was unexpected, and leaves a question in your mind about shades of gray and the lines people cross, right or wrong? Deep questions on a personal level, but revealing about story characters.
The science connection is outstanding, but then it is not surprising, since our author is a scientist in her other life. Ms. Giorgi is a wonderful storyteller that I will continue to read.