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on 28 September 2011
Paul Chang is a Chinese American homicide detective, who has left New York to live in Wilmington, Delaware, for reasons which unfold during the novel. Nelson Rogers is Changs old partner, who also relocated to Delaware, and is bored in a new office role. The two reunite to chase a serial killer who is murdering his annoying customers. In a way, this novel reminded me of another book I enjoyed recently, which also had a similar plot: The Craigslist Murders (Melville International Crime). Like that novel, in this story the murderer is not a secret to us, and we see the story from his viewpoint as well as from Chang's.
I thought this was a very well written debut, with Chang and Rogers a likeable pair, who I hope reunite in future novels. I thought the scenes in which the murderer chose his next victims were especially well done and, as the violence escalated, the story became a race against time - with Chang battling not only the murderer, but his superiors. Enjoyed this very much and will certainly look out for more from J. Gregory Smith.