A blind auto mechanic becomes first the improbable witness to the escape of a pair of killers and then, even more improbably, a sleuth.
Eight years ago, Cadence Moran was behind the wheel when a freak accident took the life of her three-year-old niece and left her sightless and guilt-ridden. Since then she’s made something of a new life for herself, landing a job in a garage because she’s as good as the other mechanics and a lot easier on the eyes, or so they tell her. But all that begins to go south the night she leaves the shop and bumps into the man and woman who just stabbed retired TV personality Wanda Prentice to death and made off with $19. Initially reluctant to get involved with the Tucson Police Department, Cade has her hands full just getting Dets. August Dupree and Richard Nellis to take her impressions of the murderous pair seriously. Meanwhile, the killers, not realizing that the witness who saw them didn’t see them at all, decide to take care of the loose end. The result, which alternates first-person and third-person narratives with unusual dexterity, is by turns an accomplished procedural, an acute study of a fiercely independent heroine and a nail-biting suspenser.
Ure (Forcing Amaryllis, 2005) may not provide an especially original plot, but Cade is the best blind detective since the glory days of Max Carrados a century ago.