David Benson

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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.



BY David Benson

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.

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Page count: 276pp

Publisher: Dog Ear Publisher

Review Posted Online: June 20, 2012

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LATE BOOMER: Kirkus Star


Roomer Has It

Roomer Has It is the hotly anticipated sequel to the first Carina Quintana mystery, Late Boomer, a Kirkus Star award winner! Home again in Miami Beach and now the Magic City's youngest police chief, Carina Quintana is faced with finding a killer whose spree began as revenge for the death of his wife but whose motivation has turned to avenging wrongs done to others. According to Pete Simpson, Carina's former NYPD partner and now a private investigator with New York's most prestigious PI firm, this clever scourge is headed her way and Carina must do what the authorities in the other cities in which the killer has struck have failed to do--bring him to justice. And she must do all this while working to make a mark as the new chief, nurturing a new relationship with a pretty, young bartender and secretly dealing with what she thinks of as her ill-gotten, secret offshore fortune. In Roomer Has It, Carina's skills and instincts face their greatest challenges.
Published: Nov. 7, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9885815-1-7

White Tie & Tales

In the intriguing White Tie and Tales, Carina Quintana, the Miami Beach police chief, is on the trail of a killer who mails home pieces of his young, female victims before delivering the coupe de grace. Can this heartless predator really be a world-famous crime novelist with a home in Paris and a mansion in the Magic City, as Carina suspects? With help from former NYPD partner Pete Simpson, Carina must figure out how to stop the dashing Frenchman, a physician by training, before he strikes again.