- File Size: 735 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626943796
- Publisher: Black Opal Books (November 21, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 21, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017R7EUAE
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Retired NYPD detective Dana Cohen loves her dog, sex, and Scotch, not necessarily in that order. A functional alcoholic, separated from her philandering husband, Pete, Dana has had to take over the family business, a Long Island winery. Her father, who owned the business, suffers from dementia and is in a nursing home. Dana now occupies the family beachfront home with her dog, Charlie. When Pete, the wayward husband, shows up with a bouquet of flowers, begging Dana to take him back, she sends him packing, although he is great in bed and she is tempted. But later that night he returns, beat up and drunk, and she lets him crash on her couch. That same night a female corpse is discovered in the corn maze attached to the winery, with Pete's belt around the victim's neck. Pete is the obvious suspect, but Dana is convinced that someone is framing him for the murder. She believes that Pete is a womanizer, not a murderer.
Dana is known as a top detective, and she's solved many crimes on the job, but this time it's personal and the stress is overwhelming. While attempting to clear her husband from a murder charge she is also coping with an increasingly agitated father and a failing business. She's drawn like a moth to a flame to the local bar, even though she's come to dislike the bartender Mac, who disparages Jews and African Americans, in particular Dana's dear friend, Marilyn. And at one point Dana's lovable dog Charlie isn't much of a help. Digging furiously on the beach he unearths a shirt belonging to Pete - stained with the victim's blood. Consequently, Dana drinks too much, pisses people off, and takes risks that make you want to say No, Dana, don't go there! Are you trying to get yourself killed? As the evidence against Pete piles up and the stakes get higher, another body is discovered, and Dana's detective skills are put to the ultimate test.
On the Rocks is the debut novel of a series of mysteries featuring Dana Cohen, tough talking, hard drinking but far from hard bitten. Dana is a flawed character - often impatient, impulsive, and brash, with a tendency to laugh inappropriately when she is nervous. However, the poignant and all too realistic scenes with her father in his nursing home, and the warm friendship between Dana and Marilyn show Dana's softer side. Secondary characters, like the delightful Itzy Itskowitz, the private investigator who wears a yarmulke inscribed with the Yankees logo, Jed, the fatherly attorney who defends Pete and tries to curb Dana's drinking, and of course Charlie, a lovable hero of a dog, are well drawn and add humor and pathos to the mix. The characters are complex, the writing flows at a fast pace, and the twist at the end is unexpected. I'm looking forward to the sequels and hope that Detective Dana Cohen's next adventure is equally engaging.
colorful characters, each as complex and compelling as the story. Dana, a brilliant, albeit impulsive, detective, newly retired from the NYPD, is confronted with a murder that’s too close to home on many levels. Meanwhile, her almost-ex-husband, Pete, is lobbying for reconciliation. Pete, an intriguing combination of infuriating and endearing, is hot hot hot, pure catnip for Dana. Complicating matters further, she’s also deeply attracted to single malt Scotch. Then Pete’s arrested for the murder. Dana knows he’s a womanizer, but she can’t believe he’s a killer. Will she be able to prove his innocence? Will he overcome her reluctance to let him back into her life?
These questions kept me turning (or rather, clicking) the pages nonstop. But what also kept me riveted were Dana’s interactions with her father, retired as the local police chief and institutionalized because of dementia. Marks’s portrayal of this relationship is both moving and illuminating. (I learned, for instance, that while Alzheimers patients don’t remember facts, they do remember emotions, and that awareness of this can help caregivers comfort them.)
I was also impressed with Marks’s ability to bring a canine character bounding irresistibly to life. Dana’s big, shaggy Charlie embodies the innocence, exuberance, and every single other thing we love about dogs.
Like Louise Penny, Rebecca Marks has created a charismatic detective with appealing relatives and friends, inhabiting a fully-realized community that you’ll want to revisit. Thankfully, she’s already written a sequel, “Four Shots Neat.” And I hope that, in the Penny tradition, she’ll go on to give us book after book after book after book.
On the Rocks: A Dana Cohen Mystery (Dana Cohen Mysteries) (Volume 1)
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