Member Blogs > Journey of a BooksellerNext of Kin: A Sarah Quinn police procedural by Maureen Carter

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2015 09:00:00    Permalink
    Young women are being raped.  As time goes on, the crimes gets more vicious and then someone dies.  Sarah is assigned to the cases and her new boss is unhappy with her performance.

    Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.

    Sarah is an interesting cop.  She's good at what she does but she's holding a position that has traditionally held by a man.  Her new boss wants her out of there and one of the good old boys in.  She can see that, but she can't hurry the case.  She can't find any common denominator between the girls.  There's no evidence.  Even her second in command, that she's sleeping with, hasn't had any insights to share and he's another good cop.

    When her boss brings in a male cop to share her duties, it hurts.  She doesn't give up but she knows he rushes cases.  Sure enough, he starts making arrests and trying to turn one rape into all of them, murder included.  He's wrong, so she keeps investigating.

    Police life is not for the weak.  She talks to a suspect and accuses him of being involved because of a previous case.  He says it was a false charge.  What else do convicts say?  When he's found dead the next day, she worries that she pushed him too far.  It was murder, though, not suicide. Now she has another case to worry but she's not giving up on the girls.

    There is a lot of danger in this book.  More people die.  Sarah keeps plugging.  The plot is amazing.  You could call it karma, call it revenge, or just call it rape and murder.  The sins of the past are coming to rest on the families of the future.  It's not the nicest read but police work isn't nice.  It was a good police procedural.

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