Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shadows Still Remain



Peter De Jonge is not new to publishing. He's co-authored a couple of novels with James Patterson, so it's hard to call this his debut. Let's call it his first solo run.

This is some serious beach/vacation reading because once you start this book you won't want to put it down. If you've gone on vacation already, I hope you've accumulated a couple of sick days because this book is worth it.

After a night out drinking with friends, Fransesca Pena, a real pull yourself up by your bootstraps NYU scholar/athlete is found dead in a public restroom at East River Park in Manhattan. She's not just dead, she's been tortured. Detective Darlene O'Hara, a hard-drinking Erin Brokovichian character with a badge takes on the case.

That's the set up. Some of the plot points are a bit of a stretch, but it's okay. De Jonge has developed a couple of characters you can really get behind and you'll root for them all the way. And he takes you to the seedy underbelly of NYC where the villains are beyond redemption and prove it.

But, there's always a but in crime novels. Not only are the clues nearly indecipherable, but O'Hara's boss has taken over the case and is about to accuse the wrong person. Racing against the clock, O'Hara must trust her gut, and hit the streets to uncover who tortured Fransesca to death, and why. With more twists and turns than a sidewinder on hot pavement this book will keep you guessing until the end.

1 comment:

Leigh Russell said...

Sounds like a good read with lots of surprises along the way but I wonder if the plausibility is stretched too far? I think this one might make my head spin, but I'll give it a try. Thank you for the suggestion.
Writing crime fiction, I find there's a constant tension between credibility and drama in plot. Once the reader stops believing in the narrative, it's game over, but if the writing is too realistic, it may not be gripping enough to read.