A New York Times Notable Book: Cincinnati homicide detective Sonora Blair hunts a serial killer who's playing with fire in Shamus Award - winning author Lynn Hightower's chilling thriller. A single mother of two children and a police specialist with the Cincinnati Homicide Division, Sonora Blair is still awake in the middle of the night when the call comes in. Mark Daniels has been found in Mount Airy Forest handcuffed to the steering wheel of his car, doused with accelerant, and set on fire. As the hideously burned college student lies dying in the ER, he describes his killer: blond, female, and a total stranger. But Mark may not have been the intended victim. Evidence points to a sexual fixation on his older brother, Keaton, a teacher currently separated from his wife. Then the murderer - who has been dubbed "Flash" by the media - calls Sonora one night, taunting and mocking her. As the investigation heats up, the harassment continues. The female psychopath knows intimate details about Sonora's family and her past. As the criminal's monstrous plan becomes chillingly apparent, Sonora must risk everything to corner a cunning killer.
I was very pleased when I began listening to Flashpoint; it was a well written fast paced mystery; quite enjoyable. I also liked that the main character Sonora Blake wasn't the usual paragon of virtue, she had secrets and issues. The beginning went well but my enjoyment didn't last very long, it was too soon swamped by the complete lack of realism in the actions of the various characters in what could have been a much better book. In addition to that, Sonora seems to prioritize way too many things above her children. Then there was Sonora's supernatural ability to live without sleep, although that would explain the plethora of dumb moves and seeming lack of ability to think clearly or make good decisions she displays. I won't spoil it for everyone by enumerating the great many examples available suffice it to say, I'm not recommending this one.
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