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At the first meeting to discus the case the medical examiner says that the DNA evidence will not be back for a week or so. Approximately a half page later he tells us that all the evidence collected from the scene shows the same mitochondrial DNA. So which is it, the DNA typing has been done, or hasn't?
The cops go to interview some witnesses to confirm their suspects' alibi. Even though there is no reason to think these witnesses were anything other than people who were at the same party, and apparently normal, ordinary, law-abiding citizens, one of the cops assaults one of them within SECONDS of meeting them, apparently out of pique because he'd dared to whistle at her beauty. And her experienced superior is apparently perfectly happy with her actions. REALLY??
At the scene of the second murder, the M.E. announces confidently that there aren't any puncture wounds in the body. At this point the body is still suspended from the ceiling, fully clothed! No way has he even looked at the vast majority of the body's skin. And he appears to be the only 'scene of the crime' investigator there, has no concern about preserving or even looking for evidence such as footprints or fingerprints, and he snaps a single photograph of the body and that's apparently good enough record of the crime scene!
Then he asks the policeman to assist him in cutting down the body, specifically saying to cut the rope above the knot (to preserve it for evidence, obviously) but the policeman -- who, again, we are apparently to believe is a well-experience DCI -- proceeds to 'fumble with the knot'. Right.
The writers of this book have no idea of how crime scenes are investigated. They cannot remember if DNA results are in or not for two pages. They have their cops physically assaulting as-far-as-they-know witnesses for no reason.
All I can conclude is these writers have no business writing a police procedural, and I cannot waste any more time reading such an incompetently written book.
In a sub-plot, which is never resolved or even addressed, one of the murder victims is forced to recover a safe deposit box filled with what initially are thought to be diamonds, but turn out to be cubic zirconiums. These non-diamonds prove to be extremely valuable because they have bit coin order numbers engraved on the edge of the bezel, as actual diamonds sometimes have id numbers engraved.
This is so stupid it is mind boggling. Why would anyone bother to do what could so much more easily be put on a flash drive, or concealed or stored in a much safer, simpler way?
This is just the most egregious example of careless construction, lack of research and attention to detail that is replete throughout this series.