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#2 in Nate And Clare
Category: Modern Detective Mystery
Average Rating: 4.0
There was no doubt the man was dead. A bullet through the head will do that. But, who was dead? The man had no identification, no known address, no Social Security information could be found, and the fingerprint search came up empty.
Detective Nate Burns, Albuquerque Police Department, knew two things. The man was dead and his blood type was O+, the most common type of blood in the country.
Dead Men Walking is a fast paced police drama that tells the story of Detective Nate Burns, a man haunted by his past. That haunting has suddenly appeared in the present. His Captain wants him fired. A friend is calling in a favor. A convict wants to make a bargain. His wife is thinking of divorce. It's a good thing he's serving a suspension. He'll find time to work all this out.
Dead Men Walking is the follow up to the award winning first Nate and Clare novel, The Tenth Nail. The story continues with Nate being assigned to a most difficult case. At the same time, he is trying to salvage his marriage, and since his wife, Clare, has returned to college, he must make sure he is not late picking up his daughter from her summer reading class.
This is a more character-driven mystery than average. Nate seems like a bit of a bully, but some rationale for his behavior is disclosed in this story.
Paul J McSorley seems to have toned down the drama in his performance just a little and has given the characters distinctive and appropriate voices, although performing Nate's daughters is a real stretch for him.
Speaking of Nate's daughters, they needed to be more fully developed as characters. It's good that they played a part in the story, but we didn't really get to know them.
Interestingly, the mystery doesn't seem formulaic. Unfortunately, some important details of the story are glossed over or omitted altogether. Still, it's engaging with a satisfying ending.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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