Vice & Virtue
by Justin M. Kiska
February 14 – March 11, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Three years after the Spring Strangler case rocked the historic Western Maryland city nestled at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, life has returned to normal for Detective Ben Winters and his partner, Tommy Mason. With a new chief now leading the department and the city slowly crawling out of its economic distress, everything seems to be moving in the right direction.
Until one sweltering summer day, a killer begins targeting police officers. Ben and Tommy find themselves once again leading an investigation the likes of which Parker City has never seen. The detectives quickly come to realize that until the shooter is found, everyone wearing a badge is in danger. To complicate matters even further, when a recently unearthed skeleton mysteriously connects to the string of police homicides, Ben and Tommy begin to think their current case may be tied to events twenty years earlier.
But how could a skeleton buried two decades ago hold the key to solving their current case?
I liked this police procedure novel that takes readers to the way things were done in the mid-1980s. Detective Winters is a good hero. He methodically goes through the evidence and clues, working to solve the current murders, then working on a decades old one as well. His character is developed well. Detective Mason is a good sidekick. The banter between the two of them added some interest to a methodical investigation. We know who the original villain is so the interest in the book is how he is uncovered rather than finding out who he is.
This is a good police procedure novel for readers interested in detecting techniques from decades ago. Part of the plot deals with powerful people in communities and crooked policemen back in the late 1950s. This novel is the second in a series. It reads well on its own, but figures from the first novel come into this one. This novel would be best enjoyed if the earlier one was read first.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
Number of Pages: 288
Series:Parker City Mysteries, #2 || Each book is a stand alone novel.
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