Top critical review
3.5 stars, but the drug baron was implausible
1 January 2014
I read Without Trace (Book 1) and didn't realize this was book 6 in the series. So I was rather confused by the "personality transplant"
of Sgt. Peter Collins. In WT he was obnoxious, tunnel visioned and being nasty to Daisy, convinced she'd had something to do
with her husband's disappearance, and probably death. Trevor Joseph fancied Daisy rotten.
In this book, Trevor is married and has a baby and Peter is living with Daisy! He also didn't moan about his ex-wife and
women in general. An improvement!
There were 2 strands to this book, but they eventually came together. One team is investigating the drug scene, including
murders of pushers, etc. and trying to discover the identity of their "Mr. Big". Sorry, but I thought the master criminal
was far too implausible when they were finally discovered.
Trevor is investigating the murder of a lady who most of us would have cheered at her death! There are the usual red herrings and
interviewing suspects, most of whom lie and make Joseph's job harder.
I liked this book a bit better than Without Trace, but several things jarred.
One - the victim was referred to as "a young mother" - she was 50!!
Two - As she'd lived with someone previously for 18 years and obviously didn't want children, why did she let herself have
two kids at the age of 44 and 46? They were totally unnecessary to the plot and could have been left out.
Three - When did the murderer have time to put the axe in front of the neighbour's car, hoping to incriminate him?
Four - How did said murderer know the axe would still be around when he went to the kill?
Apart from those niggles - perhaps I read too many books so get a bit nit-picking - it was an o.k. read.