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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Double Review: Promissory Payback and Unrevealed
Both Promissory Payback and Unrevealed star Detective Jane Perry, who works homicide with the Denver Police Department. She's not a warm cuddly person- she's dealing with a lot of personal issues (she's a recovering alcoholic) as well as the difficult job of not only staring death in the face day after day but facing the reality that some people are not good people and there's no way to dress that fact up or take it out.
While Promissory Payback is a novella that follows one of Jane's cases from start to finish, Unrevealed is a four story anthology, with each story reading more like a vignette of Jane and how Jane goes about being herself day in and day out. I read Unrevealed first and I'm glad that I did; it gave me a definite sense of Jane as a narrator and familiarized me with her backstory so I could focus on the story and the mystery when I got to the longer installment.
Promissory Payback takes some classic mystery elements and works in them in a new way. The victim is, by all accounts, a total sleazeball and a boil on the backside of the universe; be that as it may, she still was murdered, and Jane is charged with bringing the killer to justice. As the story unfolded, I was reminded of the part in Clue (the movie) where, when asked who in the house was guilty, Mr. Plum replied, "they're all guilty! But if you want to know who killed Mr. Body- I did. In the hall. With the revolver." It was a great example of things being precisely as you think and yet not how you think at all.
There are several other books already published in this series with another installment on the way in 2012, so it's a good time to start a new series and be ready for the next installment when it comes. This author and series are new to me but I'm definitely looking forward to reading more in the future.