I now have synesthesia, a neurological condition where your senses get mixed up. Sometimes when people talk to me, I see their voices as colored shapes provoked by the emotions of the speakers, not by the words themselves. I have what amounts to a primitive lie detector. After three years, I don't pay a whole lot of attention to the colors and shapes of other people's feelings, unless they don't match up with their words.
When Garrett Asplundh's body is found under a San Diego bridge, Robbie Brownlaw and his partner, McKenzie Cortez, are called on to the case. After the tragic death of his child and the dissolution of his marriage, Garrett - regarded as an honest, straight-arrow officer - left the SDPD to become an ethics investigator, looking into the activities of his former colleagues. At first his death, which takes place on the eve of a reconciliation with his ex, looks like suicide, but the clues Brownlaw and Cortez find just don't add up. With pressure mounting from the police and the city's politicians, Brownlaw fights to find the truth, all the while trying to hold on to his own crumbling marriage. Was Garrett's death an "execution" or a crime of passion, a personal vendetta or the final step in an elaborate cover-up?
©2006 T. Jefferson Parker; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This book would have been much more enjoyable if two of its characters had been eliminated, or at least minimized or viewed differently by the protagonist. The adoration of his cheesy, shallow, bimbo wife Gina, and of his beloved "city", San Diego, were a little hard for me to take. I call San Diego a character because the author used it as such in the book. Come on, SD may be big for a small town, but that's really all it is. There is a blandness to the book's setting that I don't feel when I read books based in LA, SF, NY, or other major cities. And Gina - she should have been dumped her in the beginning of the book. Robbie's constant attempts at pleasing her with expensive trinkets made him look like a fool. Actually, there seemed to be too much babble throughout the book about expensive toys. I don't think I'll read anything more by TJ Parker.
The book was well performed by the excellent narrator, David Colacci.
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