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Sunday, 20 April 2014
‘Crimes of Memory’ by L J Sellers
Published by Thomas & Mercer, 2013.
Detective Jackson isn’t having a good week. His teenage daughter has taken to drink, and he’s in charge of a homicide case – the death of an ex-con involved in a bank robbery. The other perp was shot by the cops, and $125,000 went missing ... He’s also got to work with FBI agent Carla Rivers over a firebomb in a local factory, thought to be planted by local activists Love the Earth, who’re being investigated by an undercover agent.
This police procedural gave a real sense of all the people involved in an investigation, with the interesting addition of an FBI involvement. The book begins with a cast list, but the author introduced each character well, so that I didn’t need to refer to it. Jackson was an interesting and sympathetic cop (though what is it about policemen that they only ever seem to have daughters?) and I enjoyed learning about Rivers. There was a good feel of a different area of America – Eugene, Oreg. The book was fast moving, cutting from police to FBI, and the plot was beautifully pulled together at the end of the book, with a surprise perp.
This is the eighth book in the Detective Jackson series, and for me, coming new to it, it was slightly over-loaded with back story and series characters. I’d definitely recommend the series, but if you’re new to L J Seller too, and enjoy American police procedurals, then I’d start at the beginning with The Sex Club.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group. Marsali also does a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.