Two cold cases present themselves to a couple of friends who are local private investigators. One is personal; the other professional. The latter case involves the death of relatives in a fire many years ago. Suspects are named, but no proof is available. The professional case involves a rapist and murderer that has been on the loose for ten years. As the statute of limitations for the rape approaches, it falls upon Luke Murphy and Robert “Woody” Woods to find the unsub before the clock ticks off. However, unbeknownst to them, there is a connection between the two cases and by the time the reader makes it to the end of the book, one case will be solved and the other will be unsolved - ready to be picked up in the third book in this series. With the help of Abby Hart, LAPD Police Detective, progress will be made in both cases.
And that is the problem I had with Janice Cantore’s latest thriller. Though I had read the earlier volume, “Drawing Fire”, a year ago, it was difficult at first to fully connect to the current book without knowing or remembering the earlier story. The writing was well-done and held this reader’s interest. Whether the author was providing details of the newest cold case to hit the fire or the case that remained solved from the earlier book (and now remains to be solved in a third book), details were revealed bit by bit.
I would suggest waiting for book three of the “Cold Case Justice” series to be published and, then, purchasing all three books together and reading them in a single sitting. The individual stories work regardless, but the on going details of the unsolved cold case, the arson, will make more sense when read as a trilogy, one after the other.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.