Review: Susannah Screaming (Al Krug and Casey Kellogg #2) by Carolyn Weston
Title: Susannah Screaming
Author: Carolyn Weston
Publisher: Brash Books
Published: May 5, 2015
Genre: Murder mystery
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and Publisher
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THE SECOND BLOCKBUSTER THRILLER IN THE KRUG & KELLOG SERIES…WHICH BECAME THE HIT TV SHOW “THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO”
It’s the turbulent 1970s, a time of social upheaval. University-educated ex-surfer Casey Kellog is the youngest homicide detective on the force. He’s teamed up with Al Krug, an older, tougher, street-wise cop resistant to change. Their latest case involves a vicious hit-and-run death: a driver in a Mercedes chases a motorcyclist, hits him, and then backs up over him again, making certain that he’s road kill. The investigation takes a bizarre turn when the victim is undressed in the morgue and the two cops discover that his corpse is plastic-wrapped in twenty-dollar bills…
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
I do enjoy murder mysteries trying to figure out who done the crime is always fun to read. This story started off kind of slow even with the hit and run happening pretty quickly. I think the only character I kind of liked was Rees. He is an ex-con and he gets pulled into a web of deceit pretty quickly. Himself along with another person are the witness to the hit and run. Rees seems to be telling the truth on what he saw, but the other witness seems to be holding something back. She comes across as a shady character and it is not because she is a so called "actress". Two cops are investigating the hit and run death but one cop Krug who has been on the force for a long time believes Rees is not telling the whole truth, he is guilty of something. Krug's partner Casey is pretty fresh behind the ears but doesn't believe Rees is really involved with anything to do with the murder or the counterfeit money that has come into play. It is really a race against time to figure out what is going on who is murdering people and what exactly is Rees's role in it all. Is he just an ex-con that picked the wrong time and place to be, or is he in the loop with other criminals?
There is some action through out the story nothing to much I think the best action was with the chasing of the U-haul truck with Casey in pursuit.
I dislike books that use the r word it is something that should not be said and that even goes when describing a child, this helped drop my rating down even though it was only used once I think the author could have picked a better way to describe said child.
With this book being set in the 70's some way the words were told and used I had to get use to like teenybopper, and groovy you don't hear these words now a days so when they are in a book you have to remember the time period.
Carolyn Weston grew up in Hollywood during the Depression. She played hooky from school in movie theaters and libraries, honing the craft that would make her books so remarkable. During World War II, she worked in an aircraft plant and then did odd jobs around the country before writing Poor Poor Ophelia, the first Al Krug / Casey Kellog police procedural... which became the hit TV series The Streets of San Francisco. Two more books in the series, every bit as good as Ed McBain's 87th Precinct and just as memorable, followed and all three are proudly being published by Brash Books.