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Review: Detective solves murder of a legendary Chicago cop

OVER, by Joanna Schaffhausen (Minotaur)

Four veteran Chicago police detectives are referred to as THE GREAT Four for his or her long history of spectacular gang busts, when one of these, Leo Hammond, is shot dead in his bed along with his own gun, its a large case.

In the beginning of Joanna Schaffhausens OVER, the next novel in her new series featuring Detective Annalisa Vega, the young detective is working the scene when Hammonds three surviving partners arrive, demand to dominate of the case, and so are promptly rebuffed. Like many members of the Chicago P.D., they dont trust Vega not since she busted her very own father, a retired person in the department, for covering up a long-ago murder by another relative.

However, the three likewise have another reason. They want Vega to arrest the most obvious suspect and wrap the case up quickly because shes excellent at her job. If the investigation drags on, she might eventually uncover dark secrets theyve kept under wraps for a long time.

The most obvious suspect is Hammonds much younger second wife, who stands to get on his million-dollar life insurance coverage. She was in the home through the murder and tells an excellent story about an intruder dressed up in a black wetsuit filled with diving mask and flippers.

However, she actually is far from the only real suspect. Theres Hammonds first wife, who despises him, to state nothing of the a huge selection of criminals he encountered over an extended career. Prominent included in this are David Edwards, recently released after serving time for killing a waitress at the sleazy Bass Lounge, and Moe Bocks, who Leo have been harassing since failing woefully to prove the guy strangled his girlfriend a lot more than 2 decades ago.

To create matters worse, Bocks is currently dating Vegas companion, who won’t believe warnings that the guy is dangerous. So, in violation of a primary order, Vega spends just as much time perusing Bocks as she does investigating the Hammond murder.

The effect is really a fast-paced, multi-faceted group of investigations that produce Vega an evergrowing threat to the surviving Fantastic Three. Subsequently, they make an effort to discredit her by framing her for both assault and murder.

Schaffhausen skillfully unwinds her twist-filled plot to a slam-bang conclusion. Much like her six previous crime novels, her complex characters are well toned, and her prose, which includes improved with each book, is high quality.


Bruce DeSilva, winner of the Mystery Writers of Americas Edgar Award, may be the writer of the Mulligan crime novels like the Dread Line.

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