Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Going to the Bad-Nora McFarland

Going to the Bad

Nora McFarland

Touchstone, August 7 2012, $15.00

ISBN: 9781439155578

At the KJAY newsroom in Bakersfield, California Lilly Hawkins TV news photographer is on the assignments desk when she hears a cop reporting over the police scanner to dispatch that gunshots were fired at 173 Jefferson St. Stunned as this her address, Lilly fears what happened to her live in lover Rod.

Using her station’s equipment, Lilly rushes home to find a mixed blessing; Rod is alive though bloody, but her beloved Uncle Bud is fighting for his life while in a coma as the blood on Rod is his. Lilly is angry and despondent as Uncle Bud loved her and always had her back though he operated in the gray areas of the law. Rod informs her that he never spoke a word to Uncle Bud. While Uncle Bud undergoes desperate life-saving surgery, Lilly looks for his would be killer. She learns Uncle Bud’s contacts are linked to something horrible he did five decades ago. A billionaire wants to insure these misdeeds never become known, which means using individuals to watch over Lilly and make sure she never guesses the truth.

The latest Lilly Hawkins Mysteries (see A Bad Day’s Work) is a taut investigative thriller as the intrepid news photographer works a case involving her ICU uncle and other eccentric characters; her usual sarcastic humor, enables her to witness the vilest crime scenes, to relieve her stress. Fast-paced and filled with angst, Nora McFarland provides a terrific tense tale that looks deep into the soul of the heroine in the midst of plenty of exciting action.

Harriet Klausner

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