David Benson was born and raised in New York City but lived for many years in northern Virginia, near Washington, DC. He has also lived in Brussels, Belgium and in Boston. He is a widely-published technical writer but his passion is fiction. LATE BOOMER, which is a Kirkus Star novel and was awarded a top 100 fiction books of 2012 award by Kirkus, was the first book in the Carina Quintana Mysteries series. The second and third in the series--ROOMER HAS IT and WHITE TIE & TALES--were published in November 2012 and June 2013. David lives in south Florida with his wife Laura, a photographer.
“A compelling police procedural with a contemporary setting and an intriguing heroine worthy of a series.”
– Kirkus Reviews
Benson’s tightly plotted crime thriller is sure to please fans of police procedurals.
Several wealthy middle-aged Manhattanites—the baby boomers of the title—have been gruesomely murdered, and Detective Carina Quintana senses a connection. But how can she prove it? The killer, if he exists, varies his methods and targets and leaves no tangible evidence. Age and wealth are all that the victims have in common. Recently transferred from Miami after her partner was convicted of drug trafficking, Quintana struggles to adjust to New York City and deal with the aftermath of testifying against her former co-workers. Now partnered with the sarcastic Pete Simpson, Quintana attempts to catch the killer without creating panic among the city’s elites. Complications from her personal life—a Cayman bank account, an old lover and a connection from Miami—add to her troubles. Benson’s characters are well-drawn, and Quintana is a noteworthy heroine. The author handles her past and sexuality with a light hand, not overplaying the character. Instead, he keeps her guarded and subtle, without verging into clichéd stereotypes about damaged cops. While her decision-making is sometimes clouded, she is believable as a police officer. Secondary characters—the caffeine-addicted Simpson, a particularly droll FBI crime profiler, and New York City itself—are realistically portrayed, adding interest. Chapters narrated from the point of view of the killer contrast interestingly with Quintana’s chapters; comparison reveals both characters are relatively isolated and self-protective. The novel’s pacing is energetic and engaging, and the story flows almost too quickly. Happily, Benson’s epilogue suggests that Quintana may return in a future novel set in Miami Beach.
A compelling police procedural with a contemporary setting and an intriguing heroine worthy of a series.
Page count: 276pp
Publisher: Dog Ear Publisher
Review Posted Online: June 20, 2012
Kirkus Star: LATE BOOMER
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