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Mourn The Living Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2010
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Veteran Chicago Record reporter Alex Chapa is looking forward to a much needed vacation and time with his 10-year-old daughter, Nikki, whom he barely sees now that his ex has moved to Boston. Then his boss calls him back to cover for Jim Chakowski, killed in a mysterious explosion. As Alex digs into Chakowski's notes linking a string of murders to prominent city council members, he and Nikki come under fire. Short, choppy chapters move the action along at a measured clip, and detailed descriptions infuse the text with atmosphere and suspense, especially during flashbacks to Alex's childhood in Cuba and the murderer's dark and traumatic upbringing. The killer's identity is no surprise, but the final showdown keeps the adrenaline pumping right through the ending, which Perez (Killing Red) leaves wide open for possible sequels.
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The negatives are the flip side thriller unreality. The FBI and local cops seem unrealistically dense at times, and helpfully subordinate at other times. Then there is unlawful brutality to a journalist, s if lawsuits do not exist. The villain is not so shocking. Actually, he was just another potential and colorless possibility. Aspects of the plot stretch credulity. Still, well above average.
The author is spot on when he describes eerie places and action scenes, and does an excellent job in hiding the identity of the killer, although you get a pretty good idea about the group to which the killer belongs early on in the story. The cops in the story at times border on being from the Keystone school of cop training, and they all seem to have bad attitudes, especially toward Chapa, the reporter-hero.
I'm not quite finished with the book (about 88% through) so maybe I'll soften my review a bit when I'm finished, but I doubt it.