At What Cost
reintroduces readers to John Penley, and introduces readers
to his new partner, Paula Newberry, who has her own set of
issues that seem light in relationship to Penley’s.
They are on the track of a serial killer who is harvesting
organs and leaving bodies scattered. There are, at first,
some interesting connections between the victims, but later
on, Penley is hit on a personal level. The killer knows about
Penley’s son and how he needs a kidney transplant. Will
Penley be able to save himself and his son before the killer
strikes again or will he give in to the temptation of saving
his son by any means necessary?
What Cost is a fast-paced mystery with enough twists
to make it interesting, and each character seems to play their
role and is effective. However, there are some medical procedures
and policies that have left me scratching my head. Like why
weren’t certain people tested to see if they were a
match for others instead of the sick child placed on the transplant
list? The story takes place in West Sacramento, but could
take place in almost any decent sized city.
At What Cost is a worthwhile read, and most mystery
fans will enjoy it and its fast-paced readability. I will
be looking forward to catching up on L’Etoile’s