Portion of Book Description: On the same night that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, nine-year-old Charlie Olmstead jumped on his bike to see if he could get a better look. It was the last anyone ever saw of him.
Kat Campbell, police chief of Perry Hollow, and Nick Donnelly, formerly of the State Police and now a cold case private investigator, combine forces once again in this second book in the series. I haven't read the first one, but the case is referred to on several occasions.
Eric Olmstead, Charlie's younger brother, has hired Nick to find out what happened to Charlie. The disappearance occurred in 1969--definitely a cold case. Kat's father was chief of police at the time, and Kat is concerned about some of the discrepancies in the official report.
The Positive: I did want to find out what happened to Charlie. When the disappearance of several other boys during other Appollo missions is discovered, the case takes an even more serious turn. Who would take (and presumably kill) young boys only when someone landed on the moon?
The Negative: The moon thing. Although the author coordinated the murders with actual Apollo missions, this connection struck me as...well, looney. There are two possible suspects that have a "moon connection"--a Vietnam veteran who converted to a religion that worships the moon and a former astronaut, but there are also plenty of other secrets that have been kept by others over the years.
The most interesting thing to me was the depiction of Centralia, Pennsylvania. I Googled it and discovered the tragic history of the town.