Detective Angie Pallorino is part of the Victoria Metro Police Department sex crimes unit and answers the call for a young woman desecrated in a nearby cemetery. She and her new partner are still finding their way with each other (mostly not) and haven’t created “team” yet. She’s got LOTS of baggage and being the only woman in the detective ranks doesn’t make things easier. When they determine that this case has a lot of similarities to two she investigated a few years ago, both are included on a special task force created when a homicide occurs. Homicide detective James Maddocks, new to the department, is in for a rather big surprise when he’s teamed with Angie.
I’ve seen quite a few fictional damaged female detectives over the years and Angie ranks high on that list of most flawed. Combined with her risky behaviors and tendency to be a lone ranger, she makes for a dangerous cocktail. Her relationship with with Maddocks, who got her in one, was a highlight of the story as he had the ability to read and disarm her despite the boulders she constructs. The case was distressing with its sexual overtones involving young girls but captures your attention from the onset. The secondary plot related to Angie’s family just made for a strongly layered story.
I enjoyed the story, especially as the author is one who has the skill to create a vivid sense of place. The weather in Victoria, British Columbia is a critical part of everything and I just felt wet and cold for the duration. I’m glad not everything was resolved by the end (not including all the critical stuff) as what’s left is just intriguing. I’m looking forward to where the series leads.
- Release Date: June 20, 2017
- Series: Angie Pallorino #1
- Page Numbers: 526
(I received an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review)