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Two cases, fraught with politics and rich people, one headline splashing, and the other hush-hush. For a while the main case, the murder-8-million-dollar-necklace robbery, seems a little too convoluted to be possible, but then we are dealing with egos, super high lifestyles, and idiots.
There is some action, mostly among the bad guys, but the story starts off on a high note and just keeps rolling. The detective skills of Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald are great without stretching belief. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this series has been as satisfying as the Lincoln Rhyme-Amelia Sachs books by Jeffrey Deaver. However, this series has not succumbed to the improbable plot twists and infallibility of Rhyme in the more recent Deaver books.
We do get deep into the lives of our two protagonists. Kylie is dealing with her husband Spence's latest foray back in to drug addiction. There are some true-to-life but non-preachy realizations regarding hitting bottom, being an enabler, and loving someone despite not being able to continue coping with their choices. Then there is Zach, ruining the trial month of cohabitation with Cheryl. He keeps running out to help Kylie (his old flame), so combined with his cop hours, he undermines his relationship with Cheryl. He has to decide where his head and heart are regarding Kylie, and so Cheryl. Instead of being sophomoric and predictable, this confusion seems quite real, and very human. There are twists here too, and it will keep you guessing.
Most of the people in this story are fully-fleshed and very real. My favorites are the diner-mom who counsels Zach on his relationships using packets of Sweet-n-Low, and Annie, an aging con artist. She is a surprise, and then a delight, even though she should be locked up.
I don't understand why it was deemed necessary to have two narrators; either one would have done fine the whole way through. It didn't really detract from the story, but didn't add anything either. It was fine, would have been as good with one. I would have liked a bit more real New York accent in all the cops, the mayor, the boss of RED; it's too easy to forget we are in the Big Apple.
I have wanted to throw some of Patterson's books against a brick wall, but here he has a decent co-author. I have enjoyed this series, and look forward to more from Marshall Karp.
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I have read all of the NYPD RED books. Of the 4, this is my least favorite. I am not certain whether it is not as good as the others or whether I am just getting tired of the characters. A lot of the story evolved around the detectives' love lives. The "love" story lines did not add much to the story itself. Also, I like books that drop subtle clues along the way and then tie them together in the end. I DO NOT likes books that wait until the end and then throw in 20 minutes of facts for the first time and use those facts to tie up loose ends. This was one of those books. I will say the crimes are interesting and the politics are boring. All in all, I liked the development of the jewelry heist, but did not like the other sub-plots as well. I did rate it a 4 because all in all, I liked it, even if it was not my overwhelming favorite. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the other NYPD RED books since it is definitely worth the read. It also makes a nice stand-alone mystery for anyone who has not yet started the NYPD RED series.
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