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Third In Series - Still Impressive
on 23 October 2012
Katia Lief's third book in the Karin Schaeffer series picks up neatly from where Hide and Seek finished. Billy Staples, friend and fellow detective, is recovering from the injury and trauma suffered at the hands of his girl friend but is trying to keep himself together. A mysterious telephone call from Billy summons Karin to the scene of both a hit and run accident involving a young girl, Abby and the murder of a prostitute, the eleventh such murder in both Brooklyn and Manhattan during the previous two years. Abby, a potential witness to the latest killing, emerges from an induced coma but cannot - or will not - speak. It is left to Karin, still recovering from her own trauma, to both help Billy to catch the killer and coax Abby to tell her what has happened.
Lief has the gift of creating central characters who are both believable as police men and women and as ordinary people with private lives, families and homes. Her attention to detail, at times a little too involved it has to be said, can help the reader to understand what is happening to the character and why that character is acting in a particular way. The plot is steadily paced with very few sudden jolts and the whole book is very easy and credible to read. Ms Lief will never win any crime writers' awards with this gentle pace of detection but she makes up for this by making her characters both plausible and likeable.