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Apart from being the fourth victim of a serial killer, who is Catherine Sheridan? This is a question that had me fervently turning the pages of this book in an attempt to find the answer.
Detectives Robert Miller & Al Roth from the Second precinct are put on the case and are having no more luck than me (and I've got a whole other storyline running in tandem filling in the blanks for me). Every lead they follow draws a blank, every question they get answered leaves them with many more. They're faced with people that don't exist and events that never happened. Running alongside is another storyline, the story of John Robey that takes you into the undercover world of a CIA operative working alongside the rebel groups opposing Nicaragua's Sandinista National Liberation Front.
Corruption, intrigue, brutality and a love story, this book has it all and will keep you turning the pages. The characters are real, they have weaknesses and they make mistakes.
How much is fiction, how much is based on fact? Not a question I can answer at this time, but it's something I want to know more about. The setting and storyline cover events that, I'm ashamed to admit; I know very little about. The amount of research that must have gone into this book is astounding and all credit to the author, he left me wanting to know more.
This book is a lot faster paced than Ellory's A Quiet Belief In Angels and the main storyline takes place over 10 days, with the back story filling in the historical details. Roger Ellory has got the balance just right with sufficient information to make it interesting without it turning into a text book.
I have read all of his previous novels and they're all very different and therefore hard to compare but this one is certainly up there with my favourites. It far exceeded my expectations, I couldn't put it down, but at the same time I didn't want it to end! Now I just want to read it all over again.
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