From Publishers Weekly
Solomita (Cracker Bling
) deserves credit for dealing with end-of-life issues, but he could've done a better job addressing the serious ethical implications of euthanasia in this mediocre contemporary procedural set in New York City. After many years in a vegetative state, wealthy Joyce Hauptman dies at home in Queens, but the city's death investigator suspects the widower, Charles, may have helped end her suffering. A political appointee at the medical examiner's office, who discounts this suspicion, releases the body before an autopsy can be performed. NYPD Det. Lenny Shaw, who pursues the case even after the corpse is cremated, retrieves bone fragments that contain traces of poison. When Lenny learns that Joyce's father stands to benefit if Charles is convicted of murder, the detective realizes the case isn't so clear-cut. The resolution of the story line may strike some readers as less than satisfactory. (May)
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New York detective Lenny Shaw has a tough case on his hands. A woman who has been in a vegetative state for five years has died. It looks like she was murdered (there are signs of arsenic poisoning), and her husband appears to be the prime suspect. But Lenny has been around the block more than a few times, and he knows things are rarely as they seem. He is not an especially likable guy—he can be gruff, terse, argumentative—but he carries the action effectively, and he is one of those cops who treat everybody the same, regardless of rank or social standing. The central question, whether the victim’s husband is a grieving widower or a cold killer, is examined from a variety of angles, and Solomita also does a nice job of exploring the notion of mercy killing (which, like beauty, is sometimes in the eye of the beholder). A very well crafted novel, with a couple of nice surprises and a protagonist readers will want to see again. --David Pitt