I have read most of the novels from Kellerman featuring Peter Decker. The upstate New York setting for Decker's police adventures is certainly a change from the bustle of Los Angeles. A current murder draws Decker to investigate murders from twenty years ago.
The plot is quite complex as there are many characters involved and a number of crimes. The plot is so complex that it takes quite a bit of explaining at the end. I am not so sure it all works out. The end leaves some loose threads, not in anticipation of a sequel but just because there were still so many unanswered questions.
It is interesting to see Decker in a more rural setting, trying to maneuver his way through the adjacent small town police force. He is saddled with the daughter of the nearby sheriff. I liked her as a character but her heroic actions were a bit over the top. I had hoped she might be featured in future novels but it looks like it is not to be.
I have appreciated the Decker novels but just do not feel this one was up to Kellerman's usual quality.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Faye Kellerman is the author of over twenty-five novels. She lives in Los Angeles and SanteFe. (Photo: Michael Frost Photography)
William Morrow, 384 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.