Series: Coleridge Taylor Mystery #2
Author: Rich Zahradnik
Published: July 22/15 by Camel Press
Back Cover Blurb:
A source sends Taylor down to Alphabet City, hang-out of the punks who gravitate to the rock club CBGB. There he finds the bloody fallout from a mugging. Two dead bodies: a punk named Johnny Mort and a cop named Robert Dodd. Each looks too messed up to have killed the other. Taylor starts asking around. The punk was a good kid, the peace-loving guardian angel of the neighborhood's stray dogs. What led him to mug a woman at gunpoint? And why is Officer Samantha Callahan being accused of leaving her partner to die, even though she insists the police radio misled her? It's hard enough being a female in the NYPD only five years after women were assigned to patrol. Now the department wants to throw her to the wolves. That's not going to happen, not if Taylor can help it. As he falls for Samantha--a beautiful, dedicated second-generation cop--he realizes he's too close to his story. Officer Callahan is a target, and Taylor's standing between her and some mighty big guns.
I really liked how Zahradnik introduces readers to all of the major players at the beginning of the novel, letting you know who’s who. They do continue to develop along the way, growing as their story unfolds. The hands on approach of the characters, the main character especially, gives an up close and personal look at who they really are. I loved getting to know them and following this story.
Once again Zahradnik has created a one of a kind tale that kept me guessing right to the very end. I loved getting to know the characters and finding out their stories while unravelling a mystery.