Author Donald Levin / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 338 Pages (print version)
This police procedural mystery is set in Detroit around 2009. Martin Preuss is the Ferndale detective sent to investigate a shooting at a bakery. This is the second in a series. I read this book in two sittings. I don’t give away endings to mysteries but I can let you in on a little about the set up. They have one corpse, one injured 12 year-old that doesn’t remember much, and a missing veteran. Was there anyone else involved? We can image that a bakery wouldn’t seem to be a robbery target, but it’s after the recession and some folks are desperate. So of the ‘who, what, why and where’—they only know where it happened.
Martin sets about tracking down the missing, investigating the owners of the bakery, finding out why those three were there in the first place, determining possible motives, etc. The writing was crisp and edited well. There were some scenes between the detective and his son Toby (who has cerebral palsy). You felt the love between them jump off of the page and into your soul. For the person that only wants a pure mystery story, there may be a few too many of these for your taste. Toby is sometimes Martin’s sounding board. So, they do tell you much about Martin and how he feels about others and the world around him. All of the characters became real to me and the resolution of the original crime was believable. If you like police procedurals with a dose of the main character’s private life you would probably enjoy this read.
About the Author
An award-winning fiction writer and poet, Donald Levin is the author of The Baker’s Men, the second book in the Martin Preuss mystery series; Crimes of Love, the first Martin Preuss mystery; The House of Grins, a mainstream novel; and two books of poetry, In Praise of Old Photographs and New Year’s Tangerine. Widely published as a poet and with twenty-five years’ experience as a professional writer, he is dean of the faculty and professor of English at Marygrove College in Detroit. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan, the setting for his Martin Preuss mysteries.
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