Louis Kincaid returns for this fourth
book in the series. His life is still in flux as he bides his time
as a private investigator. He seems to grow in each episode. I have
no idea how many novels are planned in this series but I’m
sure that I will read them all.
Cade has just been released from prison after serving twenty years
for a rape and murder when the attorney who represented him long
ago is found shot to death. Jack is charged with the killing and
his son hires Louis Kincaid to help establish his father’s
innocence. Susan Outlaw, the public defender, resents the intrusion
of Kincaid and they get off to a rough start.
nemesis of Kincaid’s, Sheriff Mobely, also threatens to hamper
the investigation but then seems to experience a metamorphic shift
and becomes a solid ally.
cast of characters in this story is made up of a mixture of new
faces as well as some holdovers from earlier Louis Kincaid adventures.
It’s a blend that works well: a complicated plot with a lot
of strange twists and turns. Surprises come at the reader from all
directions, but the author has skillfully put the story together
in logical progression and the plot line is easy to follow. Author
P.J. Parrish has provided another winner.
Parrish, with only four titles in print, has already been nominated
for an Edgar, one of mystery writing’s top awards and has
made the New York Times Best Seller list. Seems as if I’m
not the only one who’s noticed the talent.