Saturday, September 15, 2007

Dead of the Day-Karen E. Olson

Dead of the Day
Karen E. Olson
Obsidian, Nov 2007, $6.99, 320 pp.
ISBN 9780451222473

Crime reporter Annie Seymour is presently working on two pieces for the New Haven Herald: a floater at Long Wharf whose body is covered with bee stings and a profile of on the city’s new chief of police Tony Rodriguez. However, Annie struggles with the profile that isn’t coming together because Rodriguez is so bland she can’t find a hook. The story about the floater is also difficult to write about because nobody knows who he is or where he came from .

The chief of police story turns exciting when a drive by shooting leaves Rodriguez dead while he sat in his car. Witnesses claim that someone opened fire on two policemen, Annie’s ex-boyfriend Tom and Rodriguez’s second-in command Sam O’Neil. The shooter is now in the hospital in a coma. Annie is assigned the story and finds much more than she bargained for with illegal immigrants, a green card scandal, bomb sniffing bee experiments and someone wanting to permanently stifle the curious intrepid reporter.

This crime thriller starts out at light speed and accelerates from there never giving the readers a chance to catch their breath. Annie is a strong willed woman who never lets a death threat frighten her off the investigation. Besides dodging bullets and cars that want to run her off the road she is trying to figure out if Vinnie the P.I. she is in love with and hasn’t spoken to in months wants to get back together. This is a great investigative series and readers will look forward to the next book in the series.

Harriet Klausner

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