Black and Blue
by Rosenfelt, David

Struggling with amnesia after surviving a shooting, Doug Brock reinvestigates a cold case involving the DNA of a man he eliminated as a suspect, but can no longer remember. By the national best-selling author of Blackout.

DAVID ROSENFELT is the Edgar and Shamus Award-nominated author of several stand-alones and sixteen previous Andy Carpenter novels, including Collared. He and his wife live in Maine with the twenty-seven golden retrievers that they've rescued.

In the middle of a murder investigation that keeps turning up endless questions and zero answers, New Jersey state cop Doug Brock laments he has a tendency to clear suspects who then go on to kill people. Years ago he sought the man who murdered a philanthropist with a sniper-perfect shot through the heart. Brock had a pretty good idea that the killer was an embittered loser named Danny Phelan, but he couldn't prove it-and this failing haunts him as the present narrative begins. Another nice man is murdered, all the details are similar to the earlier shooting, and the profilers declare Phelan a person of interest. Is a man dead because Brock wasn't good enough? What follows is a high-speed narrative deploying some of the genre's stock figures-the skeptical girlfriend, the überworldly partner-but gettting good work out of them. Rosenfelt's fondness for one-liners is also fortunately muted, leaving him free to screw down the tension. The standoff at the end is another genre staple, but this one is completely fresh. You'll never guess who it is holding the gun. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

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