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No Witness but the Moon: A Jimmy Vega Mystery    by Suzanne Chazin order for
No Witness but the Moon
by Suzanne Chazin
Order:  USA  Can
Kensington, 2016 (2016)
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* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

A policeman, Jimmy Vega, shoots a man who turns out to be unarmed. This unfortunate but sensational event upends his life, jeopardizing his relationships with his lover, his daughter and all his friends. Even though he believes his action was what the moment called for, no one else - the police administration, politicians, newspapers and the crowds - thinks so.

This is the story of a man trying to redeem himself to himself in a neighborhood filled with trouble, not all of it criminal. Most touching of all are the undocumented, who have all the strikes against them. Suzanne Chazin has tapped into this situation to show us an intense picture of heartbreak. People who want to help are stymied in wondrous ways. Progress always seems to be followed by failures of some sort, which makes the feeble efforts at being humane all the more beautiful: a friend who listens; a colleague who is helpful, even though it means breaking the rules; family who want to believe.

The story is convincingly plotted, with many twists and turns. Vega’s conscientious but flawed approach to getting at the truth and solving two mysteries he has been commanded to stay away from will keep you at the edge of your seat. Definitely recommended.

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