Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Price of Innocence by Lisa Black

Theresa and Frank, her cop cousin, are exiting a building when it blows up and throws them both across the parking lot.  That's not the last explosion that Theresa experiences in this story...

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to download a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

This is an interesting title for this book.  No one in this story is really innocent.

Reading this story is like having a chemistry lesson.  There's discussion of what caused the explosion, the chemicals used and how they are similar to ingredients used for making meth.  The building they were in housed evidence files and belongings for old cases for both Cleveland's cases and the FBI.  Nobody should have been making meth there.

What bothers Theresa is that she gets called out on another case, this one is suicide, and the cop that assists her there is killed in the driveway.  She was in the house examining the victim and comes out to find him dead.  She's a forensic scientist, but it freaks her out to find a cop she's just met dead.  Especially when she finds out the bullet had ricin in it.  They wanted to make sure that cop was dead.

As the deaths go on, Theresa finally pieces together the one thing they have in common:  They all went to college together.  And, no big surprise, they had an explosion there and someone died.  But why is someone trying to kill everyone that knew each other and profited from selling meth then?  After all, that was 25 years ago.

This is a complex case and I thought I knew who the killer was, but I was only half right.  Theresa comes close to being a victim herself.  I felt bad for her; she solved the case but she also suffers some personal loss doing so.  Nothing is ever easy in life.

Why not give this one a read and see if you can find the killer(s) better than I did?

Happy reading.

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