“A City on Edge….
Fears of more to come….” -- Detective
In Detective Cross, we’re reminded that Alex
is suspended pending the trial, so instead of detecting, he’s
treating patients. This novella puts Cross’ wife, Bree
center stage. Bree is now Chief of Detectives (Cross
the Line #24) because Alex turned the promotion down.
Bree receives an anonymous call about a bomb – an IED.
The bomber keeps in contact with Bree but does contact another
family member, at one point. Alex is aware a military veteran
may be the anonymous caller and takes this into account when
working with his patients. One Vet he treats is Kate; a former
dog handler who lost her dog and team in the Middle East.
She takes a personal interest in Bree’s case. Another
patient is a near deaf Vet, recently fished out of the fountain
while carrying a gun. As the case moves along, the FBI brings
Alex in as a consultant to help Bree. Towards the end, the
two work to reveal the bomber.
Detective Cross is a complicated mystery with plenty
of twists for a short story. It’s also an emotional
listen as we are reminded of the cross our veterans bear when
they come home. As always, Patterson gives us some memorable
characters and I’m betting we’ll see Kate in a
Actor Ty Jones narrates his first Patterson novel and does
it well. His narration fuels the heart pounding suspense,
especially when Bree has less than an hour to find the bomb.
It’s a notable narration, without a doubt.