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Posted April 28, 2012
It is just the beginning of spring in Los Angeles, but the heat has come in early this year, with temps reaching 117 degrees, and with it the murder season. Homicide detective Lena Gamble is called in the middle of the night to the scene of a shooting at a celebrity hangout, where the owner of the club and a patron are found dead. The patron is 25-year-old Jacob Gant, acquitted just days before in a very high-profile and volatile case involving the rape and killing of a 16-year-old girl. Think George Zimmerman in Florida, a recent case analogous only in its bare facts: a young and seemingly innocent person killed by an older one for no apparent reason.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Another notorious case is brought up here as well: OJ’s murder trial, where someone thought by the public to be guilty is freed by an LA jury. As in that case, there is outrage as to the way the case has been handled, or mishandled, by the LAPD and its forensics lab. There is strong feeling that the girl’s grief-stricken father is responsible, and much evidence to support that theory. The public of course sees it as completely justifiable. Under the spotlight from the public and the media, Lena and others believe she is the designated scapegoat for the police department.
There are twists and turns galore, with many a red herring. The reader will be in doubt as to who did what, as are the police, until the very end. Not all of the plot was credible to this reader, nor were some of the scenes depicting one male character after another nearly breaking down with tears and near collapse one minute and filled with homicidal rage the next. But as the author says, “humanity can be shed as easily as clothing. Everything you know about someone can change in the blink of an eye.”
A good and suspenseful read, the book is recommended.
Posted January 3, 2012
Murder Season, He Wrote
Robert Ellis tells an interesting story about murders involving the high and mighty, but sometimes his writing gets high and flighty. The book begins: "She could smell it on the pillow...murder season....Murder season would come early this year. It would roll in with the heat like they were best friends." And it goes on: "Murder season. trouble ahead. When the streets get hot, business burns." Fortunately this cheesy writing then hides itself behind Ellis' editors, and the story gets underway. Layers of new evidence are unpeeled, and then, when we finally think we know who the killer is, the man who lives for murder season, Ellis decides to throw caution to the wind and end his story with a conclusion that takes first place in cheesy endings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2012
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