He’s in the middle of an investigation resuming the body of young child. A dirty spade has been cast aside, the caretaker is positioning the straps, and the excavator is silently waiting. Upon answering his phone, Inspector Cain learns that he has now been reassigned to a more important case and a helicopter will be landing soon to whisk him away to his new location. It was frustrating to leave this case but Cain left this investigation in capable hands and was quickly briefed in on what had just recently transpired. The mayor had just received a packet and it seems that he is being blackmailed. Time is of the essence and as Cain tries to get a clearer picture of the events, everyone seems innocent. There is something not being said or revealed and Cain can’t figure it out.
There was great anticipation and assumption as I read. The mayor’s daughter was a bit off, a highly seductive person who thought highly of herself. She didn’t seem like the individual to attempt such a feat but either did any of the other characters as I analyzed them. The mayor’s wife and his mistress were each going through the motions of their ideal life so who else was there to consider? Would either of them have motive or were they working together? The police had a list compiled by the mayor but what was inside the envelope had to be from someone that was close. I wasn’t expecting the novel to take such a turn as the second envelope is received. The stakes were getting higher. Why, oh why was this happening? Great novel and I will be definitely be reading The Poison Artist by this same artist.