Maggie Gardiner, a forensic expert who studies the dead, and Jack Renner, a homicide cop who stalks the living, form an uneasy partnership to solve a series of murders in this powerful new thriller by the bestselling author of That Darkness.
It begins with the kind of bizarre death that makes headlines—literally. A copy editor at the Cleveland Herald is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the newspaper assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide inside the tsunami of tensions that is the news industry today—and when the evidence suggests murder, Maggie has no choice but to place her trust in the one person she doesn’t trust at all . . .
Jack Renner is a killer with a conscience, a vigilante with his own code of honor. In the past, Jack has used his skills and connections as a homicide detective to take the law into his own hands, all in the name of justice. He has only one problem: Maggie knows his secret. She insists he enforce the law, not subvert it. But when more newspaper employees are slain, Jack may be the only person who can help Maggie unmask the killer– even if Jack is still checking names off his own private murder list.
While I enjoyed this story, the excessive descriptions about the newspaper publishing process and information about the newspaper business (which was repeated several times) left me feeling a little punished for picking this book.
Apart from those two things, the plot was well conceived and complicated enough to keep me guessing. The main characters of Maggie and Jack were likeable, although lacking backstory to make me understand them. I can see the relationship between a vigilante detective and a forensic expert being one that might provide fodder for a series.
Unpunished is a story that will keep you reading to determine who the murderer is and it will educate you on the printed newspaper as a medium in the future.
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