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5.0 out of 5 starsThe best of three
Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2020
This final in the trilogy . . . unless another one comes along, is certainly the best. Best, most believable plot. Well mapped out twists and turns. Better character development. Considering the ending and a few purposefully left loose ends, one could suppose there will be more. I hope so.
This exciting thriller starts off with the promising story of a young girl that is determined to get her life back on track. Fast forward a year later and we find that this young women's hopes and dreams never really got off the ground.
Cooper Devereaux is roused out of bed for a fresh homicide that has a peculiar twist to it. Devereaux and longtime partner Tommy Garretty work the case and come up with dead ends everywhere they turn. The next day another victim turns up in a similar fashion. The pressure is ramped up by the brass to get in front of this killer and stop him before the bodies begin to pile up. But the detectives continue to get the run around everywhere they turn. Strange coincidences pop up, witnesses are being be tampered with, and the brass seem quick to wrap it up before the investigative process has been completed. When a third victim turns up that is somewhat different from the killer's MO, the detectives broaden the scope to try to piece it all together. The entire plot is complex with plenty of twists that keep the detectives running down false leads. The characters are well developed. Most of them will seem suspicious and rub you the wrong way, an excellent tool that keeps you guessing throughout.
Early on in the book a subplot appears that paints a portrait of an angry person that may be seeking revenge of some sort on their friend for treating them wrong. Letters that this character has written are interspersed throughout the book to foreshadow possible clues leading to a motive and suspect.
Another subplot appears early on that deals with Devereaux's personal life. This one is a little hard to follow, but I would assume that is because this book is the third in the series. I have not read the first two books. Nevertheless, the author does a good job of giving a broad overview of what has lead up to the specifics in this book relating to Devereaux and Alexandra's personal lives. I feel like reading the first two books in the series would provide a lot of insight and background to help make the material in this book more clear.
A new wrinkle appears about halfway into the book that seems to tie the cases together. Devereaux finally puts it all together in the end, leading to a pulse-pounding conclusion as the detectives race against time to prevent another murder.
This novel is an excellent example of police procedure and good old fashioned detective work. I would highly recommend it to fans of thrillers and detective series. I received this as a free ARC from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A solid third, and (so far) final entry in this series. Devereaux is still wrestling with the truth or falsehood of what he knows, or thought he knew, about his past and origins, while trying to come to grips with a present-day serial murderer. Realistically, and entertainingly, detailed. The Double-Aught Bar couldn't be a real place, could it? But how otherwise could the author come up with a bizarrely colorful establishment like that?
An ongoing subplot is Devereaux's strained relationship with his on-again off-again partner / mother of his young daughter, but I found those episodes of less interest than the rest of the book.
Andrew Grant has moved on to a new series ("The Janitor"!) and is also reported to be easing into taking over the Jack Reacher series from his brother Lee Child -- but I kinda hope he finds time, someday, to write more books featuring Cooper Devereaux.
Set in Birmingham Alabama. I wounder why the author chose Birmingham over any other American city? I have never been and I don't feel like the novel utilized it all that much. On to the characters, I didn't find them all that interesting. I also didn't find them to be decent people. I also didn't find Deveraux's baby mama or her story-line all that interesting. Same goes for the blackmail thread, they both were distracting and overwrought.However if you are looking for a lightweight quick police procedural you could enjoy it.
Detective Cooper Devereaux series: False Positive (2015): Alabama detective Cooper Devereaux makes no apologies for his luxe lifestyle or the way he does his job. Most cops haven’t lived the kind of life he has—starting out as an orphan, raised by a grizzled cop savior—and most don’t use his kind of high-risk tactics. But he may have met his match in fellow detective Jan Loflin, who’s fresh off a long undercover stint in Vice when they’re partnered on a case that will test them both beyond their direst nightmares. A seven-year-old boy has disappeared from his home in the Birmingham suburbs. But the more Devereaux digs into the missing child’s background, the more he discovers about his own, eventually shaking loose a series of harrowing truths—about bloodlines, mass murder, obsession, and what two damaged detectives have in common with the innocent victim they’re so desperate to save. This twisty page-turner—the debut of the Detective Cooper Devereaux series—hurtles at a mile a minute through an action-packed search for a missing child, culminating in an ending that no reader will see coming.
False Friend (2017): An arsonist is targeting schools in Birmingham, Alabama—with devastating effect. Detective Devereaux—a man you can’t quite trust and should never ignore—must put a stop to the elusive pyromaniac’s reign of terror before more damage is done. Or worse, before students’ lives are lost. But as Devereaux sifts through the ashes of the case, a grisly discovery at a burned-out school sends the investigation spiraling in a new, terrifying direction. The detective and his partner are dragged into a nightmare world by revelations of gruesome rituals, the disappearance of local citizens, and allegations against city officials of shocking crimes that stretch back decades. With innocent lives on the line, progress is hampered by friction between the police department and the FBI, and interference from factions of the local underworld complicate matters further. Devereaux doesn’t make excuses for his willingness to work outside the lines, but just as he needs to be at the top of his game, he’s rocked by echoes from his troubled past that threaten to engulf his daughter and girlfriend—and fracture the life he’s only recently begun to rebuild.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2018
I'm sure this will be a highlight of 2018.
Cooper Devereaux is back.
With the events of the previous two book hanging over him. Cooper is thrown into a new horrifying case women are disappearing on their twenty first birthdays and their bodies are discovered wrapped as gifts.
As more women disappear the need to solve the case gets more and more desperate and Cooper feels the pressure.
2.0 out of 5 starsVery clunky dialogue. Uninteresting side plot, which I ...
Reviewed in Canada on January 22, 2018
Very clunky dialogue. Uninteresting side plot, which I assume was developed in the first in this series, so it's difficult to follow without context. Our protagonist is rich, but it's never explained why.
Kept reading to find out who the killer was, but it was a struggle.