Date: Nov. 2002
Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Mystery / Cozy / Soft boiled detective
Pride is Pride Park, a 14-acre parcel donated to Early by the
Early family for use as a recreational park. The park's covenant
included a 99-year land-use restriction. That restriction is about
to expire and unless the council renews the restriction for 15 years,
rezoning the parcel to commercial use is possible.
Cameo is the director of services and wants to rezone the Park to
an urban retail center, citing increased tax revenues, new jobs,
opposed by the majority of citizens, among whom is Joyce Fellmeyer,
local veterinarian's wife and council woman, whose veterinarian
clinic is threatened by the possible rezoning.
Cameo is found murdered, Joyce decides the two-detective squad is
inadequate for the job, and enlists the aid of Brady Kincaid, chief-of-campus-security
at Lombardy Teachers College where Joyce's sister, Claudia, is dean
of women. Brady has years of experience investigating homicides,
and Joyce believes he can solve the case.
Brady are Geraldine Pozy, reporter for the Early Eagle who brings
invaluable help to Brady, and Lincoln Henderson, who is to renovate
the Early Hotel. Together they establish a link between Cameo's
murder and the murder of Maureen Sevall,owner of the antique store
and one of Cameo's opponents.
pleasant to renew our acquaintance with some of the characters from
Allen's first book, Every First Saturday; to see how their lives
have developed. The plot is well-crafted with enough clues to keep
the reader on his toes. The dialogue between Bebout and Newkirk,
the two detectives, and between Pozy and Lincoln is refreshing.
The story is full of atmosphere of the small town, its politics
and its police.
Pride is a fast paced suspense story.