Monday, October 19, 2020

The Heights

Book source ~ Review copy. 
My review is voluntary and honest.
A Liz Boyle Mystery, #2
9 March 2020
368 Pages

My Rating ~ 5 bites

Detectives Liz Boyle and Tom Goran have quite a gruesome case to solve. Someone has brutally beaten  a local defense attorney to death in a cemetery. But this is no ordinary homicide. The more Liz and Tom dig into the victim’s murder the more nastiness they uncover about police officers in their city of Cleveland. And it’s not good.  Not good at all. The Blue Wall of Silence is stopping Liz from getting to the truth, but is it a truth she really wants to deal with?

Wow. This story was written and pubbed right before 2020 imploded, but the subject matter is even more relevant today. Police brutality and systemic racism in the judicial system are hard subjects to address, but it is imperative that they are. While this is an excellent murder mystery the ongoing social issues of today are the backbone of the book except as possibly seen from the inside of the police department by a female detective. Liz is highly conflicted and it’s up to her to do the right thing and resolve her personal issues in order to grow. And she does grow. In fact, she has grown a lot since the first book and I’m proud of her. Stagnant characters do not a good series make.

The investigation takes many turns and I was left guessing until nearly the very end. Terrific writing, a great plot, and excellent characters make this one of my top reads for 2020. I love Detective Liz Boyle, flaws and all.

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