Fade to Black
by Rosenfelt, David

Struggling to recover his memory after being wounded in the line of duty, New Jersey State Police officer Doug Brock is approached by a fellow member of his amnesia support group who has discovered a cold-case murder victim's scrapbook and possible ties to Doug's own past. By the award-winning author of the Andy Carpenter series.

David Rosenfelt is the Edgar and Shamus Award-winning author of several stand-alones and sixteen Andy Carpenter novels. He and his wife livein Maine with twenty-five of the four thousand dogs they have rescued.

This is the second effort in a new series by Rosenfelt, who is best known for his 16 novels featuring the aggressively ordinary yet smarty-pants lawyer Andy Carpenter. The series star here is New Jersey cop Doug Brock, whose wounding in the series debut, Blackout (2016), has left him partially amnesic. He doesn't remember the shooting or the case he was working on, so when a stranger asks his help untangling a cold case, he has to be told it's the same case that nearly got him killed. Rosenfelt creates a deliciously atmospheric world of suspense and mystery, as cloudy incidents pile up. Turns out the stranger who approached Brock doesn't exist. Hospital records document the care given a man who was never admitted. And the homeless man murdered in an alley-why is he the key? To supply answers, Rosenfelt segues into a conventional cop-shop procedural, with Brock's sarcastic partner and his devoted girlfriend playing their expected roles. The unraveling is not as much fun as the mystery, but the the tingly, sinister mood gives readers plenty to enjoy. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Returning to work after a gunshot wound to his head erased 10 years of memories (Blackout, 2016), Lt. Doug Brock, of the New Jersey State Police, is invited into a case by a fellow amnesiac.Financial consultant Sean Connor, a member of Doug's amnesia recovery group, is deeply disturbed to find stashed in his attic a trove of newspaper clippings about the disappearance of hospital executive Rita Carlisle three years ago. Is it possible, he asks Doug after swearing him to strict confidence, that he kidnapped or killed her himself and doesn't remember it? The question ranks among Rosenfelt's (Collared, 2017, etc.) best hooks, and it's no wonder Doug is soon asking his boss, Capt. Jeremy Bradley, if he can reopen this cold case—even though it's not really a cold case at all. Rita's boyfriend, realtor John Nicholson, was tried and convicted after being arrested, Doug's partner, Lt. Nate Alvarez, informs him, by none other than Doug himself. Soon after Doug's prison interview with Nicholson reveals nothing but Doug's bewilderment and Nicholson's suspicion, there's a much more dramatic development: a jogger finds Sean Connor's severed head in Eastside Park. Certain that his amnesiac acquaintance's death so soon after their conversation can't possibly be a coincidence, Doug jumps into the case with both feet and Bradley's blessing, since now it's about a brand-new decapitation, not a three-year-old disappearance. The murky waters around him are stocked with interchangeable mob kingpins from New Jersey to Las Vegas, and for much of the running time, these high-ranking lowlifes seem intent on nothing more than their usual dangerous jockeying for power. But Doug eventually finds a motive beneath all the violence that's as surprising as it is compelling. The case doesn't rank among Rosenfelt's best or his second-best. But even his third-best features a brash, appealing narrator/hero and some memorably snappy dialogue. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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