Assume nothingthat's the touchstone for every homicide investigation Detective Davie Richards undertakes. She approaches her latest case the same way, determined to learn as much about the victim as she does about the killer. But there's nothing about thirty-four-year-old Sara Montaine or her death that makes sense.
Was Sara a saint caring for her dying husband or a gold-digger with a sketchy background? Did she commit suicide or was she murdered? Before her marriage, Sara lived comfortably without any obvious source of income, unusual for an orphan raised in foster care. As Davie digs deeper, she unearths Sara's troubled past and a viper's nest of villains who are willing to kill to keep their secrets hidden.
Praise:"Sassy and analytical, L.A. Detective Davie Richards utilizes 'shoe leather and minutiae' to unravel a brilliantly staged fake suicide. Seamless prose, tightly crafted clues, and surprising twists make The Second Goodbye a memorable police procedural. Brew the coffee for the graveyard shift, as you'll be up all night reading."K.J. Howe, best-selling author of The Freedom Broker and Skyjack
"Patricia Smiley tackles Michael Connelly territory and succeeds with a realistic, compelling police procedural in the badlands of contemporary Los Angeles. Detective Davie Richards is a smart, no-nonsense heroine, and the storytelling had me turning the pages at the expense of mundane activities like sleeping. The Second Goodbye is an intriguing mystery laced with well-researched law enforcement practices." Raymond Benson, author of In the Hush of the Night and The Black Stiletto Serial
"The Second Goodbye is a straight ahead jolt of police procedural adrenaline! Like Michael Connelly, Patricia Smiley grabs a hold of you and pulls you into the story without tricks or gimmicks. Just a great story told by a great storyteller. The Second Goodbye catapults Smiley onto the top tier of crime writers!" Matt Coyle, Anthony Award-winning author of the Rick Cahill crime series
About the Author
Patricia Smiley is a bestselling mystery author whose short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Two of the Deadliest, an anthology edited by Elizabeth George. Patricia has taught writing classes at various conferences throughout the US and Canada, and she served on the board of directors of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and as president of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles. Visit her online atwww.PatriciaSmiley.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this third-police procedural in the Pacific Homicide series by Patricia Smiley. I have read all of her books and if you are looking for a strong female detective then this book and author is for you. Ms. Smiley will take you through the day to day hard work and process of gathering evidence and solving a mystery. Detective Davie Richards is assigned to work cold cases and receives the case of Sara Montaine, a suicide victim. The more she delves in to the case, the more questions arise. When fingerprint results reveal a startling fact about Sara, Davie knows that Sara’s death was not a suicide. She will have assistance from Detective Jon Striker from the Homicide Special Section of the elite Robbery Homicide Division. She has worked with him in the past and is glad she is not taken off the case when it is turned over to his department. As they work together, an attraction develops between Davie and Jon. This does not detract from the seriousness of their work, but adds a wonderful touch of warmth to the characters. As Davie follows new leads, you realize that someone is watching Davie and is determined to keep her from uncovering the truth. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)