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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Then She Ran by Charlie Gallagher

Fast-paced crime thriller/police procedural featuring Detective Inspector George Elms of the Major Crimes Unit based out of Langthorne Police Station. In this standalone novel by a prolific author of the Langthorne Police Series, a young woman, Jenny, escapes after a shootout on the main roads in Dover kills her boyfriend. She leaves her 4-month-old baby on the bonnet of a police car and runs for her life.

While most of the force is occupied with figuring out the details of the shooting spree, George is tasked with investigating the case of a home invasion robbery gone wrong. The elderly couple was awakened by masked men and the woman, Janice, has been killed by a shotgun blast. Her husband of 60 plus years, Stan Wingmore, is devastated. George attempts to get the information he needs and eventually it comes to light that these two cases may be related.

Lots of action and typical police investigative teamwork though George tends to want to handle everything quickly and on his own. He's definitely a maverick and has personal problems that make him keep on working the case rather than going home on his own. A couple of other team members are mentioned but their characters are never really fully developed, they are more sidekicks that George uses to get what he needs to solve the crimes. The results are a bit unexpected with a little twist toward the end.

Thank you to NetGalley and Joffee Books for the e-book ARC to read and review.

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