Published: Oct. 25, 2016
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Mystery, Murder
Review: Ebook provided by publisher and NetGalley
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
In this powerful novel from award-winning author Suzanne Chazin, a tense stand-off between a Hispanic police officer and an undocumented immigrant leads to the shooting death of one, the shattered life of the other, and the shocking connection between them. . .
On a clear, moonlit night in December, police detective Jimmy Vega races to the scene of a reported home invasion in an upscale New York community. As Vega arrives, he spots a Hispanic man who fits the description of the armed intruder, running from the victim’s estate. Vega chases him into the woods. When the suspect refuses to surrender—and reaches into his pocket—Vega has only seconds to make a life-or-death decision.
What begins as a tragic mistake takes an even darker turn when Vega uncovers disturbing links between the dead man and his own mother’s brutal, unsolved murder. Vega’s need for answers propels him back to his old Bronx neighborhood, where he is viewed as a disgraced cop, not a homegrown hero. It also puts him at odds with his girlfriend, Adele Figueroa, head of a local immigrant center, who must weigh her own doubts about his behavior.
When a shocking piece of evidence surfaces, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want Vega to put all the pieces together—and is willing to do whatever it takes to bury the truth. Only by risking everything will Vega be able to find justice, redemption, and the most elusive goal of all: the ability to forgive himself.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
When I read the blurb for this book I knew I had to read it. You hear so much on how police shoot people and it is a big deal especially right now.
With this story we are taken into the world of Officer Vega who had two seconds to make a decision that could affect him and everything he works for. Those two seconds is now costing him everything. Though what he uncovers is far more than something he ever thought he would get answers to.
We see how Officer Vega deals with the decision he made and it affects him truly. Not only does it affect him, but his relationships with friends and family. I really love how one of his fellow officers pushed him to get help so it doesn't consume him because he went through the same thing at one time in his life. I think the author did a wonderful job with bringing issues within the world that are happening now into this story and blending them well from illegal entry into the US and undocumented people to the shooting of a man. We see how a mob reacts when they see the person they believe is responsible but don't have all the facts because the officer can not speak on such things.
Vega goes on a search not only to get answers to who this Hispanic man was but he gets the answers to the unsolved murder. It is all connected in some way but will Vega find out too late who is behind it all?
There is so much I can go into with this book but I feel like I would give it all away. This book is I felt fast-paced it keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. I really liked the ending and how Vega really tries to do good for others. I haven't read the other books in this series but I think I will as the author did a great job with the plot, characters, and story line. I felt she really captured a lot within the story.
Suzanne Chazin is the author of two mystery/thriller series. Her “Jimmy Vega” series, about an upstate New York cop navigating the world of the undocumented, “hits the heart, not just the pulse,” raves Lee Child. The books are based on Chazin’s outreach work with the undocumented. Publishers Weekly called Land of Careful Shadows (book #1), “timely and engrossing,” and Jimmy Vega, “engaging, psychologically complex.” A Blossom of Bright Light (book #2) will be published in November 2015.Chazin’s other series stars FDNY fire investigator Georgia Skeehan. The Fourth Angel (book #1), Flashover (book #2) and Fireplay (book #3) have been called, “searing and emotionally explosive” (USA Today), and her heroine, fire investigator Georgia Skeehan, “incredibly strong” (People Magazine). The series is based on Chazin’s husband’s work as a high-ranking chief in the FDNY.For more information, please visit her website at: www.suzannechazin.com