***beware of spoilers until I get the spoiler tags cleaned up***
My reading slump continues. Even Josh Lanyon has let me down! I don't always love Josh's books, but usually it is because one of the main characters is too much of a dick. I can, usually, count on the mysteries to make sense and the LEO characters to be reasonably intelligent and good at their jobs. Not here.
Adam is both TSTL and psychic all at the same time. There are two points at which he figures something out with no rational basis I could see. First, he see a picture of a young women when she was a girl, standing with two older boys. At a glance Adam determines that the picture wasn't given to her, that she stole it, and that she has a crush on one of the boys. Second, he meets the bad guy for the first time and
immediately knows he is the Roadside Ripper, because he doesn't tell them his former trucking route and he is annoyed by Adam
But even though Adam is apparently psychic, he is also appallingly incompetent. Before the case starts,
his team manages to short out a kidnapping victim's father's car, and Adam fails to stop one of the kidnappers from shooting the father, even though he is in the back seat of the car at the time
gets kidnapped by the Roadside Ripper, even though he knows (psychically!) who it is. He just opens the door and gets coshed
Rob isn't psychic - just incompetent and touchy. For example, he gets mad at Adam for
asking someone about his son's love life. This is apparently so insensitive that Rob is going to leave Adam behind for further interviews - even though he didn't bother to tell Adam the son has been institutionalized.
Josh also sets up a romance that can't work, at least not yet, and then makes it work with some really improbable behavior.
So, yeah, my reading slump continues. Rats.