This middle book in the Dinah Harris Mystery trilogy has Dinah as a recovering alcoholic and a former FBI agent, now in the process of reconstructing her career and piecing her life back together. There is a serial killer they are chasing who seems to have a pretty clear pro-eugenics message that he wishes to get out there. He's killing off a representative of every undesirable class, starting with a drug-abusing street kid. A sub-plot involves a woman struggling with the day-to-day realities of caring for her father as he succumbs to the effects of Alzheimer's Disease.
There are a number of things I really enjoyed about this book.
- Dinah Harris is described as fairly normal looking. Wow, is that ever refreshing. I get so tired of every heroine being drop-dead gorgeous. This book doesn't focus on what she looks like really at all.
- Dinah is flawed. Sarcastic, prone to outbursts, an aggressive driver. And an alcoholic too.
- To sum up the above two points, the main character just feels real. She says stupid things, makes dumb mistakes, and has people rolling their eyes at her. But she is good at what she does, and she gets an awful lot right too. I found Dinah really easy to relate to.
- The book is more than just a mystery -- Dinah and her partner trace through the history of eugenics in the course of their investigation, hearing or reading about it from a number of different points of view.
- And while I don't know a lot about Washington, D.C., martial arts, or many of the other issues that come up in the story, the information presented certainly seems to be well-researched and presented accurately.
- The mystery kept me guessing. There were multiple times where I thought, "Whoa, I didn't see that coming!"
This second book was definitely better written than the first, so I am really looking forward to book #3 which is supposed to be coming in June.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.