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Book Review: Murder in Alphabet City

Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner

[5 stars]

Murder in Alphabet City     Amazon US PB Amazon Canada PB
Lee Harris
Class/Genre:   Mystery   Woman Main Character   Police Procedural
Series: Jane Bauer # 2
Fawcett, Feb 2004, $6.99, 304 pp.

After taking some time off to recover from her encounter with a serial killer, New York Police Department Detective First Grade Jane Bauer returns to duty in time to work a cold case with her two partners. Power broker Flavia Constantine wants the police to reopen the case of her brother Anderson Stratton who supposedly committed suicide eight years ago. She demands the police prove it was murder and find the perpetrator.

After doing multiple interviews, Jane discovers a link between Stratton, his social worker Erica Renzler and building superintendent Larry Vale. Jane assumes that Erica visited Stratton as an excuse to talk to Vale. Eight years ago Erica also supposedly committed suicide after she quit her job at social services; Jane thinks the two deaths are linked. When she finds Erica’s secret postal box with hidden records hinting that she was involved in something illegal, both cases are officially reopened as murder investigations. Someone doesn’t want the police investigating and someone named Bill Fletcher takes off with the daughter of Jane’s partner. When that doesn’t cause the detective to back off, someone tries to kill Jane.

This is a very dynamic and exciting police procedural. The author gives the audience a step-by-step insight into an ongoing investigation so that readers see how a case is solved. Jane is a remote individual so it is hard to warn up to her but nobody can doubt her dedication to solving the case especially after her two partners are deeply affected by one of the perpetrators. Lee Harris can always be counted on to give her fans an exciting mystery although her Manhattan mysteries are darker and grittier than the Christine Bennet tales.

Harriet Klausner

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