Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Don't Tell a Soul-David Rosenfelt

Don't Tell a Soul
David Rosenfelt
St. Martin's, Jul 2008, $22.95
ISBN 9780312373955

Timothy Wallace still mourns the shocking death of his wife Maggie. It is not just her sudden death that has shaken Tim; it is also how she died. Several months ago, she died in a boat explosion on Long Island Sound in which he was the prime suspect in her death.

While getting drunk at a local dive on New Year's Eve, another intoxicated customer tells Tim a stunner re his late wife’s death. Tim is further stunned when he becomes the prime person of interest in a second woman’s suspicious death and the cops, especially Police Detective Jonathon Novack, looks closely at him again for Maggie’s death. Tim tries to ignore being the focus of Novack who believes the widower is a cold blooded murderer by concentrating on his successful security construction firm that is working on the development of Newark’s Federal Center; unaware others watch him and the work for odious reasons.

Readers will agree with Novack that Tim murdered his wife as increasingly the evidence points towards him; even Tim who knows whether he killed her and another woman or not wonders what the hell is going on. The story line is fast-paced and filled with twists and plausible red herrings; especially enlightening is the underlying denotation that politics means avarice, graft, and abuse. David Rosenfelt provides his audience with a one sitting thriller with a dedicated stubborn cop looking at a widower who is looking at how a construction deal ties to his wife’s death.

Harriet Klausner