HIDDEN VICES by C.J. Carpenter


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A planned vacation offers no relief for a detective recovering from the trauma of her last case who’s thrust unexpectedly back into the field.

Detective Megan McGinn is more than ready to drop the “detective” part of her life after her last case and the shock of her parents’ deaths (Never Alone, 2014, etc.). She escapes to a winter rental on Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, a spot from which everyone else seems to have departed for warmer climes. Instead of escaping her troubled life, however, Megan seems to bring trouble with her. Retired judge Monty Campbell’s mysterious death convinces her that someone in town is hiding something. The more she noses around, the more she suspects the small town is full of big secrets and the cops aren’t paid enough to care. Given that most folks know she’s a detective anyway, she feels a responsibility to pick up the slack. Besides, she has a vested interest in the case, because whoever’s behind the death has targeted her through some hands-on threats. The good news is that Christopher Callie, an old college friend-plus, resurfaces and takes the time to get reacquainted with Megan. But the vestiges of Megan’s life as a detective prevent her from relaxing, especially when she’s challenged by her partner Sam Nappa’s insistence that she return to the force.

A nice blend of characters props up a moderately interesting but tired plot, though what’s often most intriguing is Megan’s disconcertingly frequent use of the F-bomb.

Pub Date: July 8th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7387-4198-7
Page count: 360pp
Publisher: Midnight Ink/Llewellyn
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2015


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