|The Various Haunts of Men||(2004)|
|The Vows of Silence||(2008)|
|The Shadows in the Street||(2010)|
|The Betrayal of Trust||(2011)|
|A Question of Identity||(2012)|
|A Breach of Security||(2014)|
|The Soul of Discretion||(2015)|
Some plots and sub-plots:
A nine-year-old boy is abducted; a family grieves in different ways; and Simon and his force are hopelessly devoid of clues.
A young prisoner is released, but finds fitting back into civilian life difficult, and after failing to find a decent job, is tempted to take an offer that he knows he should refuse. (Now I want to re-read The Risk of Darkness to see if Andy was in that novel. That was 6 years and hundreds of books ago--I don't remember if he was included or not.)
A severely disabled young woman, whose mental defects are so severe that she is unable to even feed herself, and who must be cared for like a newborn. Makes me think of Tennyson's line, "As though to breathe were life!"
Simon also struggles with the death of a colleague that he cared for and with a relationship that he no longer has an interest in.
This novel doesn't follow the typical dictates of detective fiction, but I find the characters keep me interested.
Read in February.
Mystery/Crime. 2005. 370 pages.