Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner
Middle of Nowhere
Amazon US PB Amazon US HC Amazon Canada PB Amazon Canada HC
Class/Genre: Mystery Police Procedural Thriller
Series: Boldt / Matthews # 7
Hyperion, Jun 2000, $23.95, 416 pp.
The Seattle Police Department suffers from the “Blue Flu”, which leaves the ranking officials to handle the massive caseload. Discord threatens to destroy the department as some of the “ailing” cops target those who report to work. Lieutenant Lou Boldt and his family are deeply shocked when a blue brick is thrown through their window. Lou’s wife is injured in the despicable incident. Lou remains in their home while his traumatized spouse and children shelter at a friend’s house.
A series of locked door burglaries occur that places the remaining police force on alert, especially when the latest victim turns out to be a cop not suffering from the “Blue Flu”. The victim also used to baby sit Bolt’s children, making this case very personal. An irate Lou accompanied by Dr. Daphne Matthews investigates even as three more cops are hospitalized due to injuries. The unknown assailant tries to kill Lou, leaving the beleaguered law enforcement official to believe one of his peers is the culprit.
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE is one of the best police procedurals of the year. The tale combines the best of Patterson, Fairstein, and McBain into a delicious story line that will have the audience comparing these sub-genre greats to Ridley Pearson. The very complex thriller is filled with depth, issues, and multi-dimensional characters. There are three major players and an assortment of secondary characters that contribute to the fantastic plot. This novel is must reading by sub-genre fans that will recognize how talented the author is.
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