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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
A bitter feud between the Bragas and the McMichaels which resulted in one dead man and one brain-damaged child must be put aside as some years later Police Officer Tom McMichael investigates the murder of millionair Pete Braga but scars so deep are difficult to ignore. This is ace American police procedural stuff with heart, grit, tension and twists galore, all neatly brought together in the last chapters. Itâs a bit slow to start, a bit wordy at times, but itâs got something rather special. I think heâs well worth investing in. Try his Black Water too, itâs terrific.
Cold Pursuit by Jefferson Parker
Feuding families and a murdered millionaire.
A potentially explosive case.
Especially when the cop investigating belongs to one of the families â€¦
Millionaire Pete Braga has been found bludgeoned to death in his San Diego mansion. Homicide cop Tom McMichael is on the case, but the Irish McMichaels and the Portuguese Bragas share a violent history as fifty years ago Braga shot McMichaelâs grandfather dead, then McMichaelâs father was accused of an attack that left Bragaâs thirteen-year-old son brain-damaged.
Tom must put aside the feud and find the killer. But the investigation is to unfold like a bloody bloom, encompassing Bragaâs business and family, the Catholic diocese, a multi-million dollar Indian casino, a prostitute, a cop, and, of course, McMichaelâs own family.
I am always a sucker for a good American police procedural, and Cold Pursuit is a fine example of the genre
Mail on Sunday
An example of how a good police procedural can transcend the questions, answers and hunch-playing. The plot strands fly in all directions, but Jefferson manages to keep order, slowly progressing via a few surprise turnarounds to an unexpected denouement
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