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Once more, Lei's investigations take the reader on a relentless thrill ride, with clever plot twists that kept me guessing till the very end, proving yet again that Ms. Neal is a master of the whodunit. The fact that Lei herself becomes a target for a professional hit drives the stakes closer to home, and while it does ramp up the tension in the story, I found it just a tad unbelievable just how lucky Lei is to survive that many close shaves in such a short space of time. As one of her colleagues said in the book, she must have nine lives!
In terms of Lei's private life, I was glad to see her back together with the dashing Detective Stevens, but once again their relationship is strained by her unwillingness to commit to marriage, and the tempting call of a promising career in the FBI. I still can't decide if I agreed with Lei's final decision, but the open-endedness of the ending makes me think that this love story is far from over.
On another note, I'm glad that Ms. Neal finally resolves the shadows from Lei's past. I symphathised with Lei in the first two books, but her hang-ups about her past was starting to wear thin by book 3, so I'm happy she appears to have finally faced up to and slayed her childhood demons.
All in all, BLACK JASMINE is a satisfying continuation of the Lei Crime Novels, and I continue to look forward to what else Ms. Neal has in store for the series.
Despite my concerns about the nature of her relationship I did enjoy the unwinding of the story as it is laid out for us. Lei does seem to have an incredible amount of luck to survive the attempts on her life, and for a cop, she is either utterly stupid or equally incredibly arrogant. When someone is trying to kill you, you keep your head down and if sent to a safe house, you stay there!!!! One outstanding feature of this book is the general normality of police work - the team work, allocating tasks to different officers rather than the same ones hogging all the credit, and the investigation of multiple cases concurrently.
I didn't work out the identity of the person behind it all even though I really should have - we did have the descriptions after all, but I was too busy getting distracted by Lei's meltdowns over her childhood traumas - a very clever technique employed by the author. Towards the end of the book, we are given the identity of the mole in the police department but that information is never followed up and dealt with which is a jarring ommission. I particularly liked that the two people who were at the root of the network of evil were ultimately very disappointed with each other, although their eventual outcome was rather ludicrous.
This book has however been good company through a sleepless night and I was able to get sufficiently caught up in it not to resent the lack of sleep and would have given it four stars but for the inconsistencies and totally unsatisfactory ending.
something about Lei's traumatic past. However, it didn't spoil the story.
It made a refreshing change that the characters didn't use foul language all the time
as so many authors seem to think is necessary - in my opinion it isn't!
Also it was good that there were several investigations going on at the same time,
even if eventually they tied up. I liked Lei as a character - again a change from hard drinking,
smoking, macho male cops.
As another reviewer said, the ending of the 2 prime "baddies" was rather silly - and I would
have liked the bad cop to have been properly dealt with. Apart from those points, I would
recommend this book for an easy read and I will read more of the author's books.
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I've read one after another
It really is a brilliant series
I can't wait to read the next one!