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Last Known Victim - Erica Spindler

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Author: Erica Spindler / Paperback / 1 Pages / Book is published 2007-08-17 by Mira Books

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      19.09.2008 14:02
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      Katrina's aftermath stirs up some old memories and relights the fire on a very personal cold case

      A little while ago, disillusioned by the recent offerings from PATRICA CORNWELL, I went in search of some different authors to try and stumbled across ERICA SPINDLER almost by mistake. Figuring I had nothing to lose, I delved right in with this novel set just a few years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans....

      Basically during the initaial clear-up in the weeks following Katrina, a stash of human hands is found in one of the refrigerators that has been abandoned in the wake of the storm. A couple of years later, a dead body is found missing it's right hand alongside a Police badge belonging to the late husband of police captain Patti O'Shea who was killed in the storm's aftermath. As no one was ever charged with his murder, Patti comes to the strong conclusion that this is the first real clue that could possibly lead to her husband's killer but finds herself becoming slowly consumed as she grows ever closer to the culprit on a journey that even sees her bending the law she so values as an officer. Before long as she gets closer to a conclusion, it becomes difficult to determine who is the hunter and who is the hunted.....

      This has everything a good crime thriller needs to reccomend it- an original hook, an unsolved case and a cat and mouse chase with a deadly killer but somehow this novel just left me cold. Patti O'Shea is a hugely unlikeable main character whose every family relation seems to be involved in some form of law enforcement and, not only are these family members almost wholly uninspiring, this is an idea that has been over-used unsuccessfully too many times before in the past. (There was that forgettable BRUCE WILLIS movie featuring big-nosed SARAH JESSICA PARKER in which all his family were cops and it is a premise that never really convinces or quite rings true even if there are real-life examples.) Also Katrina is never really given more than a cursory mention after the initial first pages and you almost feel as though it's inclusion is something of a cheap shot and that the story could have been set after any disaster (say 9/11) with little change to the story or plot. If you are going to use real-life events at least make their mention worthwhile and give them a bit more page-time.

      I so wish I could reccomend this book but woefully it was for me a bit of a shambles. I found myself skipping ahead to find out what happened, something I loathe doing, but ultimately felt that even if I hadn't bothered I wouldn't be missing much....

      one of the least inspiring crime thrillers I have ever had the mis-fortune to come across.

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