Friday, September 25, 2020

One of Our Own : A Gregor Demarkian Novel by Jane Haddam

This story is complicated and complex.  It deals with problems of today and doesn't have good outcomes for most.  It holds your attention. 

Minotaur and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 17th.

Gregor has retired.  He and his wife have just taken a foster boy on.  No one knows where he came from and they haven't found any relatives.  He's Spanish.  He also is trying to eat to make up for the times he was hungry.  He's a bottomless pit.  He also bought the priest's dog with him.  The priest says he can have that one, he'll adopt another.

Then Gregor has been asked to help on a case.  It seems a van fishtailed on a slick street and the back doors opened and a garbage bag fell out.  There is an old woman in the bag and they recognize her.  She was hit on the back of the head and is in a coma.  Various sections of the city are little settlements of refugees from other countries.  This happened in the Spanish part of town. 

Gregor starts asking questions.  He finds it easier to get answers now that he has no official standing.  When he visits her apartment, he finds a dead man in it.  It's the Superintendent who was trying to get her to take a smaller unit.  Just what happened here?

He finds that the man who owns all these apartment building uses coyotes to bring him illegal immigrants  and he gives them jobs and doesn't pay them much.  That cuts down on his overhead.  He goes to talk to the owner and finds out what he wants to know.  But he can't prove it...

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