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Shimmer (A Detective Sam Becket Mystery) Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
As he and his partner Al Martinez begin their investigation, Beckett's wife Grace is abruptly visited by her sister Claudia from Washington State. Clearly something is wrong. Claudia eventually reveals that she is being blackmailed over a brief affair she had. Beckett struggles to handle both cases, one business, one personal, rushing to Chicago tracking the blackmailer, while the murder investigation heats up in Miami.
I found this novel to be inconsistent. Parts of it were exciting and riveting, while others dragged and confused. Though the two plot threads appear to draw together, it never seemed logical. The motivation of the murderer and the reasons for the bizarre treatment of the victims is not adequately explained. The suspenseful ending was well done, but the story was left unfinished, hinting at a sequel.
A fun read, but not outstanding. Considering how much I loved my first experience reading Ms. Norman, this was disappointing, but not enough to turn me away. I'll be back.