Guttridge brings back several favorite characters from earlier installments (The Devil’s Moon, 2013, etc.) in a clever...

THOSE WHO FEEL NOTHING

The Brighton police discover a connection between a scandal at the Royal Pavilion and looting at Angkor Wat.

After losing his job over a raid gone bad, former Chief Constable Bob Watts has just been appointed Brighton’s first police commissioner when his ex-lover DI Sarah Gilchrist and her brainy detective sergeant Bellamy Heap catch a case that reveals that Bernard Rafferty, Director of the Royal Pavilion, has long been digging up women's graves. Many of the mummified remains are posed around his house, all dressed up for a party. When the police check out storerooms in the Pavilion, they find bags of bones, sealed-up tunnels and crates of unauthorized Asian artifacts. Half a world away, in Southeast Asia, Watts’ old service buddy, security expert Jimmy Tingley, is pursuing the man he thinks caused the death of his Eurasian wife. In the chaos following the fall of Cambodia, Tingley went in with a team sent to rescue several captured sailors from a prison notorious for torture. Also imprisoned there were his wife and her archaeologist father. Tingley was betrayed and abandoned by his companions, who had actually come to steal Cambodian treasures. He followed them but eventually heard they were killed along with his wife. Now Tingley asks Watts for help because he thinks the man he seeks is using a Brighton antique shop as a cover for smuggling artifacts and maybe something more dire. The two cases merge in a startling denouement.

Guttridge brings back several favorite characters from earlier installments (The Devil’s Moon, 2013, etc.) in a clever puzzle that links more of Brighton’s secrets to the ongoing dilemma of protecting cultural treasures from theft or destruction by armed conflict.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-7278-8360-5

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Severn House

Review Posted Online: July 30, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2014

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Joe’s fifth case is his best balanced, most deeply felt and most mystifying to date: an absolute must.

OUT OF RANGE

Crime-fighting Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett outdoes himself during a temporary transfer from sleepy Saddlestring to fashionable Jackson Hole.

Will Jensen, the Jackson game warden, was a great guy and a model warden, but once his wife left him six months ago, he spiraled into madness and suicide, and now Joe’s been called to replace him. The transition is anything but smooth. There’s no question of Joe’s family coming with him, so he’s reduced to hoping he can get a signal for the cell-phone calls he squeezes into his busy schedule. En route to his new posting, Joe has to pursue a marauding grizzly. He arrives to meet a formidable series of challenges. Cantankerous outfitter Smoke Van Horn wants to go on attracting elk with illegal salt licks without the new warden’s interference. Animal Liberation Network activist Pi Stevenson wants him to publicize her cause and adopt a vegan diet. Developer Don Ennis wants to open a housing development for millionaires who like their meat free of additives. Ennis’s trophy wife Stella simply wants Joe—and he wants her back. As he wrestles with these demands, and with a supervisor riled over Joe’s track record of destroying government property in pursuit of bad guys (Trophy Hunt, 2004, etc.), Joe slowly becomes convinced that Will did not kill himself.

Joe’s fifth case is his best balanced, most deeply felt and most mystifying to date: an absolute must.

Pub Date: May 5, 2005

ISBN: 0-399-15291-1

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2005

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An undisciplined but powerfully lacerating story, by an author who knows every block of the neighborhood and every hair on...

MYSTIC RIVER

After five adventures for Boston shamus Patrick Kenzie and his off-again lover Angela Gennaro (Prayers for Rain, 1999, etc.), Lehane tries his hand at a crossover novel that’s as dark as any of Patrick’s cases.

Even the 1975 prologue is bleak. Sean Devine and Jimmy Marcus are playing, or fighting, outside Sean’s parents’ house in the Point neighborhood of East Buckingham when a car pulls up, one of the two men inside flashes a badge, and Sean and Jimmy’s friend Dave Boyle gets bundled inside, allegedly to be driven home to his mother for a scolding but actually to get kidnapped. Though Dave escapes after a few days, he never really outlives his ordeal, and 25 years later it’s Jimmy’s turn to join him in hell when his daughter Katie is shot and beaten to death in the wilds of Pen Park, and State Trooper Sean, just returned from suspension, gets assigned to the case. Sean knows that both Dave and Jimmy have been in more than their share of trouble in the past. And he’s got an especially close eye on Jimmy, whose marriage brought him close to the aptly named Savage family and who’s done hard time for robbery. It would be just like Jimmy, Sean knows, to ignore his friend’s official efforts and go after the killer himself. But Sean would be a lot more worried if he knew what Dave’s wife Celeste knows: that hours after catching sight of Katie in the last bar she visited on the night of her death, Dave staggered home covered with somebody else’s blood. Burrowing deep into his three sorry heroes and the hundred ties that bind them unbearably close, Lehane weaves such a spellbinding tale that it’s easy to overlook the ramshackle mystery behind it all.

An undisciplined but powerfully lacerating story, by an author who knows every block of the neighborhood and every hair on his characters’ heads.

Pub Date: Jan. 30, 2001

ISBN: 0-688-16316-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2000

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