Ballantine, 2001 (2000)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
arol Starkey is a heroine reminiscent of
's Harry Bosch or
's Kathleen Mallory. She is an LAPD detective and ex-bomb squad technician. Carol is haunted by her own (brief) death and her partner / lover's permanent one, when an earthquake triggered the explosion of a bomb they were disassembling. Since then, she has been drinking steadily, dreaming nightly and playing musical shrinks. She believes that '
People are assholes. The world according to Carol Starkey ...
hen one of her ex-colleagues is killed on a bomb scene, Carol is the lead investigator and re-lives her own experiences as she digs for the truth behind what turns out to be murder. Mr. Red, a sophisticated serial killer who enjoys making big bangs, has been targetting bomb technicians. The plot thickens when attractive Special Agent Jack Pell of the ATF finds Carol's name on a bomb fragment, but does not inform her that she was the target.
ell and Carol use the Internet, locating a site for bomber wannabe's, where they start chatting with Mr. Red using the name
. As Carol's investigation peels layers from the onion of events, she comes into increasing conflict with superiors, leading to a grand finale of revelations, romance and danger.
holds the reader's interest as tightly as a bomb engages its technician's concentration - a gripping read about a shadowed heroine.
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