Thursday, May 20, 2010

My take on: The Case of the Great Granny

Bradley Daggers is a long-suffering Los Angeles police detective. He lives alone. Drinks too much alcohol. He tries to make up for it the next day by drowning himself in coffee, doughnuts and work. Daggers does his best to alienate himself from the rest of the police force, especially the sneaky Frank Brooks. There are days when the 35-year-old detective wants to quit the force, but as always Daggers gets drawn back in. Now, all that is about to change with the murder of elderly heiress Emily Hoover.

Someone tried to kill Ms. Hoover not just once, but three times before succeeding. There's no shortage of suspects. Her greedy granddaughter, Jennifer Hoover. The two often fought over money, leading the elderly Ms. Hoover to briefly cut Jennifer out of the will. Or perhaps Jennifer got her boyfriend Patrick Stevens to do her dirty work. Even Ms. Hoover's own children are not above suspicion. But there is something about Jennifer that Daggers just can't resist. He begins to question his attraction to the beautiful blond.

Daggers has made a career of solving cases on his own, but a recent shooting brings that to a halt. The once loner detective must now work with a partner, Jane Yung Kim. His new partner is assertive when she needs to be, but mostly Kim is willing to defer to Daggers. Despite his initial reservations, Daggers knows Kim has his back. He will need it as someone very dangerous tries to thwart the investigation.

At times the novel can seem a little formulaic. Daggers is the classic disgruntled cop, who thinks he is smarter, and more witty than the next guy. He's also that cliche cop who can't resist coffee and doughnuts. But Pisano does a good job of breaking down one's reason for murder -- good old-fashioned greed!! Clocking in at 143 pages, Pisano doesn't waste the reader's time. His writing style is very crisp and to the point. Pisano is also very blunt with his language. Some pages are violent and others are overtly sexual, which I suppose can offend some people. But speaking as an adult, I wasn't one of them. It is refreshing to find a writer who isn't afraid to mince words.

For more information on the author visit http://thomasemmonpisano.com/
Note: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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