Wednesday, March 24, 2010

2 in the Hat-Raffi Yessayan

2 in the Hat
Raffi Yessayan
Ballantine, Apr 13 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 9780345502636

In Franklin Park, Boston police detective Angel Alves is coaching a youth football team when one his players finds a dead woman dressed in an expensive dress. After calming down the kids Angel looks around and finds a dead male wearing a tuxedo. Each is posed to match the M.O. of the Prom Night Killer, who had been quiet for so long, the police assumed he died or was inactivated in some way such as being locked up at a prison for some other crime. This serial killer case was ice cold until now.

Angel’s retired former boss Police Sergeant Wayne Mooney led the original inquiry into the Prom Night Killer murders. He provides information to Angel that eliminates the possibilty of a copycat. Mooney wants back in as he never felt good about the case remaining unsolved and is brought on as a “consultant”. Soon the pair follows leads in hope to end a psychopath's apparent second reign of terror.

This is an exciting over the top of the Green Monster serial killer police procedural. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the corpses are found and never slows down until the final spin. Fans who can ignore plausibility will want to read Alves’ second serial killer case (see 8 in the Box.).

Harriet Klausner

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