A lawyer of one of New York's wealthy and powerful, visits Lucian to explain that the man's stepdaughter has gone missing and is suspected to be in the area. Heavy hints of a pay-off if Lucian lets the lawyer know first. Also, when Lucian doesn't respond as expected, hints that his own men will be looking.
Lucian is kind of comforting, he is backwoods country and plays on the stereotype, but he's no dummy. There a couple of times I found myself re-reading a passage for the humor and his laidback outlook.
As Lucian finds the runaways and begins trying to keep them safe, the novel alternates suspense/quirky characters/ and humor. I may have to go back and pick up the first book. :)
Police Procedural/Humor. Dec. 10, 2020.
from description: Detective John Stone of the NYPD has the best arrest record in the 43rd precinct. But he’s a dinosaur who belongs to another age. Detective Carmen Dehan has such a bad attitude that nobody at the precinct can stomach her. Captain Jennifer Cuevas wants them both out of the way and thinks they make a perfect pair. So she gives them the Cold Cases file – the cases nobody gives a damn about.
The only problem is the case Stone decides on is going to have deadly repercussions ten years on. Nelson Hernandez and his four cousins were murdered during a poker game, and although there were plenty of suspects, mob/triad/Latino gang related/ and a bent cop who disappeared, there was no evidence to bring a charge.
I usually avoid mob related stories, but I kept reading because this one concentrated on the investigation and the relationship between the new partners. The plot put a great deal of interest on the abduction of a young woman who was present at the time of the murders. Stone and Dehan may want the killers, but they are just as concerned with what happened to the young woman.
Twists and turns, fast paced, completely implausible. The relationship between Stone and Dehan works, but neither character has much development--the author concentrates on the way they bounce ideas off each other and that worked, but Stone's ability to anticipate "what next" felt a little too much.
As the first in a new series, I may give the next one a try to see if there is some increase in characterization. An Ace and a Pair was interesting, but also feels like a first step as the author develops his plans for the characters.
Police Procedural. 2017. Print length: 207 pages.
We will be having a Thanksgiving with only the two of us. This is the first time it has been just us since one Thanksgiving when we were dating and work interfered with going home.
I know many people are upset about a scaled down holiday, but Priya Parker suggests abandoning the traditional thanksgiving script. We were already planning to forego the turkey and dressing meal. I'm not going to moan about the loss of a turkey (okay, maybe a little moaning about the pecan pie), but I will miss the kids and grandkids--so Fee and I are going for soup, sandwiches, and a trip to the country.
However, you spend your Thanksgiving, I hope you will have a good day! Stay safe and well!
Both of these made me laugh!