Black and Blue: A Doug Brock Thriller
Minotaur, 2019 (2019)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
lack and Blue
is the third (following
Fade to Black
) in David Rosenfelt's series starring New Jersey state police officer Doug Brock. The injury he sustained in the first book gave him amnesia and took away ten years of his life.
e has gradually recovered some memories. He's back together with his girlfriend, cybercop Jessie Allen, who's not quite forgiven him for jilting her. They share a house with Jessie's enormous dog Bobo, '
a Newfoundland/tractor-trailer mix
' who doesn't like Brock.
Black and Blue
opens, Doug and his partner Nate Alvarez head to a murder scene eerily similar to that of the killing of businessman Walter Brookings eighteen months before (Brock doesn't remember that case). Both victims were shot from a distance with a high-powered weapon, one bullet through the heart.
ore victims follow - a lawyer, an elderly woman, a librarian - and Brock receives messages from the perp that imply many more to follow. A suspect (once in a special military unit) who seems to have ties to all the victims leads to Brock's interaction with another of Rosenfelt's series leads, defense lawyer Andy Carpenter.
s always in a Rosenfelt novel, the banter between the characters moves the story along smoothly, while the puzzle at its heart presents plenty of surprises. This is an excellent series and I look forward to more.
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