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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flawed by Jo Bannister

   Flawed by Jo Bannister continues the adventures of Brodie Farrell, Daniel Hood, and Jack Deacon. 

  Brodie is pregnant with Jack's baby and is concerned about how she will keep her business moving forward with the difficulties of pregnancy, and when the baby arrives, caring for a new born.

Brodie and Jack are no longer together, and Daniel Hood gives up the opportunity to return to teaching and volunteers to learn Brodie's business, Looking for Something, and manage it when Brodie is unable to do so.  This move is in keeping with Daniel's personality, and although he is giving up his dream, his love for Brodie provides a powerful motivation.

When Noah Selkirk, a twelve-year-old boy, shows up at Looking for Something,  Daniel begins to suspect that Noah is being abused by his father.  Unable to ignore the possibility, he pursues ways to help, but all is not exactly what it seems in the family situation.

In the meantime, Detective Inspector Alix Hyde arrives in Dimmock with the intention of bringing down Terry Walsh, a crime boss who has managed to elude all attempts to bring him to justice.  D.S. Jack Deacon, who grew up with Walsh (and bad guy Walsh is quite a likable character), assigns Charlie Voss to work with Alix.

As usual, Bannister's characters are well-rounded and engaging.  She skillfully  interweaves the various plot threads  in a perfectly paced novel that keeps the reader eagerly anticipating the resolution.

This series is a pleasure to read.

Fiction.  Mystery.  2007.  336 pages.

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