Mulholland, 2011 (2011)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ichael Robotham has been on my
absolutely must read
list since I read
, quickly followed by
. I love the way characters appear in different roles (lead versus secondary) in different episodes, but was very glad to see my two favorites (Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz, now retired, and Professor Joe O'Loughlin, a psychologist who suffers from Parkinson's) star in
everal subplots interweave in this thriller. Ruiz helps young actress Holly Knight after her boyfriend Zac hits her. Then Holly drugs and robs Ruiz - she and Zac work together. Ruiz being Ruiz, that doesn't stop him from trying to help her again, though his first objective is to recover his dead wife's jewelry and give it to his daughter on her wedding day, coming up soon.
eaders learn that '
something got rewired in Zac's head when he was in Afghanistan
' and now he forgets things. But the
is looking for Zac, and soon finds him - the official version of Zac's torture and death is a drug deal gone wrong, but Ruiz doesn't buy it. He asks Joe O'Loughlin to talk to Holly and tries to find out what the Courier is after.
n Baghdad, journalist Luca Terracini (an American with an Iraqi mother) follows a trail of bank robberies involving millions of dollars of US reconstruction funds. He teams up with Daniela Garner, part of a UN Audit team (whose other members are slaughtered). After Luca is arrested and evicted from Iraq, he and Daniela start looking for
, who should be in prison but is not.
ack in London, we meet an eight months pregant Elizabeth North whose banker husband has gone missing - he worked at Mersey Fidelity, a global bank that her father developed and where her brother is now chairman. The police are unhelpful and soon Richard North is being blamed for a
in the bank's accounts and Elizabeth is hounded by the press.
t all comes together, with the requisite peril for the good guys and plenty of action, as a long-laid
plan is foiled, an act of terror is stopped, and confidence in the banking system is maintained. I highly recommend
and hope we read more of Ruiz and O'Loughlin soon.
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