Tuesday, April 11, 2017
22. The Dark Room by Jonathan Moore
2017 Houghton Mifflin
Adult Murder Mystery - Police Procedural
Goodreads rating: 3.83 - 339 ratings
My rating: 5
Setting: Contemporary San Francisco
First line/s: "It was after midnight, and Cain and his new partner, Grassley, watched as the excavator's blade went into the hole, emerging seconds later with another load of earth to add to the pile growing next to the grave."
My comments: This had everything I love in a mystery. Best of all, it's all show and no tell. A setting - San Francisco - that I know, with lots of great description that emphasizes the map in my head. Deeply interesting characters that are real and not superficial or just words on a page. A small part of the story is about the protagonist and what's going on in his life, which is slowly unfurled and also tinged, just a bit, with mystery. And a super suspenseful, intricate plot that keeps you wondering and thinking until the very end, then wraps everything up without any questions left in your mind. Whew! What a ride. Masterfully read by David Colacci, I'm so sad that it had to come to an end.
Goodreads synopsis: Gavin Cain, an SFPD homicide inspector, is in the middle of an exhumation when his phone rings. San Francisco’s mayor is being blackmailed and has ordered Cain back to the city; a helicopter is on its way. The casket, and Cain’s cold-case investigation, must wait. At City Hall, the mayor shows Cain four photographs he’s received: the first, an unforgettable blonde; the second, pills and handcuffs on a nightstand; the third, the woman drinking from a flask; and last, the woman naked, unconscious, and shackled to a bed. The accompanying letter is straightforward: worse revelations are on the way unless the mayor takes his own life first.
An intricately plotted, deeply affecting thriller that keeps readers guessing until the final pages, The Dark Room tracks Cain as he hunts for the blackmailer, pitching him into the web of destruction and devotion the mayor casts in his shadow.