Title: Black and Blue
Author: James Patterson and Candice Fox
Genre: mystery, detective novel.
Is this part of a series? Yes. Book 0.5 of the Harriet Blue books.
Published: December 6th 2016
When a beautiful girl is found dead on a river bank, Detective Harriet Blue thinks this is her in to what had been the men’s-only investigation of the George River Killer. This is the biggest investigation in Sydney, and the sex-crimes detective wants in. It meets all the killer’s trade marks.
The more she looks into the case with her partner (not their idea), Tox Barnes, the more she realizes that this isn’t what it seems. This is not the George River Killer, but someone trying to kill their past and start fresh. Between checking out leads and trying to reign in her partner that’s worse at doing things by the book than she is, she just might get this case solved.
Full disclosure- I read Never Never before this book because I simply was not paying attention. Thus, my feelings for this introduction for Harriet may be jaded by the growth I saw there. Here, she seems unnecessarily cruel and combative. Chapter one finds her beating the daylights out of a man for getting off on a rape charge… we are lead to believe that he was guilty, but the fact remains he was found not guilty. In chapter two, Harriet explains that she is not a vigilante but sometimes the law fails…. the definition of vigilante is as follows:
As far as the adult content goes, let’s see. We have violence, language, sexual content (including visiting a porn studio). I give it a seven.
The book is out. Have you read it? What did you think?
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