Lackey Ferguson met Marissa Hardin once, the morning he signed on to build a bathhouse at the Hardins' fancy Fort Worth home. But when Marissa is found brutally murdered, Lackey becomes the number-one suspect in a trumped-up case, while a sexual psychopath runs loose. Desperate to find the real killer, Lackey must evade arrest while keeping an eye on his fiancée - who may just be the killer's next target....
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Prime Suspect is the 7 th novel I have listened to by Gray and one of the best. Like the previous 6 novels, its sharp, funny, gritty and unique. Ive already listened to each of the 4 Bino Phillips novels twice and chances are I'll do the same with Prime Suspect. I am not sure why Gray's novels werent as popular as Connelly's and others, but I have no problem placing Gray among the best Ive read.
Prime Suspect definitely fits in the police procedural category, but it is more of farcical expose' on the short comings of procedures and our legal system. Heres what i mean.
A young, naieve contractor, Lackey Furgason is trying to seal the deal on an extravagant bath house addition in one of Dallas' wealthiest neighborhoods. He meets with the lady of the house and picks up a deposit check for $15000 and leaves. However, the husband has hired a killer to murder his wife. Naturally Lackey is a person of interest, but rape was involved with the murder so the husband is not a likely suspect. Instead of investigating the murder, the police are locked in on investigating Lackey.
The characters are wonderful, as is Gray's masterful storytelling. I felt like i was watchig a great movie throughout the entire novel.
The narrator was adequate, but i found myself liking the voices he gave to each character more the longer i listened. And he picked up the irony and comedy as well as anyone Ive listened to. So i give him 3 stars instead of 2.
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