I’ve made a rookie error. I read this book, and loved it, and then found out it’s the latest in a series. Now I have to go back and read the others
It’s a testimony to Donald Levin that the book read so well, as a stand-alone, that I didn’t realise until I got to the section at the end where his other books are promoted.
So what made it so good a read. The characters, the settings, the story of the crime, everything
The story starts like an old joke, A Rabbi and a Priest walk into a detective agency……..
In this case it is the agency that ex Police Detective Martin Preuss works. A friend of theirs, a University Professor, has been murdered and the two don’t like the direction the Police Investigation is taking.
The murdered Professor, Charles Bright, was a peace loving man, and as much as Preuss digs he can’t find anybody with a bad word to say about him, which really does not fit with the way he died.
Then he finds a spurious link to a white supremacist group, but why would a mild mannered, piece loving old man, get caught up with this group.
I was into this story from the first page. The crime is a bit symbolic of some of the stories coming out of America at the moment, so it felt really current.
Even though Preuss is an established character his back story is explained throughout the book and he is a man that is easy to like and have empathy for.
The realism, which is one of my main hooks, is there throughout.
It was a pleasant surprise to find this is the latest in a series. I often say in reviews that I wish I’d only just discovered an author, whose books I enjoy, so I had the whole back catalogue to read. Well this time I am that reader and I can’t wait to get stuck into these books.
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