Sometimes I find myself drawn into a book because of a certain combination of characters, and Tin Badges has this in spades. "As one of the NYPD’s most trusted “tin badges”—retired detectives brought in to solve cases that are beyond the reach of the everyday force—" Tommy (Tank) Rizzo, retired from the police force because of an injury, is given cold cases in a sort of freelance manner.
He and his former partner Pearl, who is now confined to a wheelchair, have assembled a team of various misfit experts whose operations have not always been legal. Their most recent case is a vicious attack on two women and a connection to a brutal drug lord
Then Tank gets a call that his brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a car accident. The brothers have had no contact for years, and Tank finds himself guardian of an almost fifteen-year-old nephew that he doesn't even know.
Devastated by the death of both parents, angry that an uncle who has had no contact with his family is now his only choice for a home, young Chris is bitter, but curious about the case Tank and his unorthodox team are involved in. With outstanding computer skills and an interest in crime solving, Chris wants to work his way into the investigation. Chris also believes his parents were murdered and needs Tank to believe him.
Fast-paced and full of action and suspense, Tin Badges may not pass the reality test, but it will suck you in as you fear for the (relatively) good guys and despise the evil-doers.
The next one in this new series is definitely on my list as I want to find out more about the situation that occurred when Tank and his brother were young and about how he and Chris are going to solve the murders that are intimately connected to them both.
Read in May; blog review scheduled for Aug. 15, 2019.
Crime/Suspense. Aug. 27, 2019. Print length: 304 pages.