Thursday 7 June 2012

Book ~ "Flight" (2002) Jan Burke

From Amazon ~ Flight is really the story of two men, Frank Harriman and Philip Lefebvre. Ten years ago, when businessman Trent Randolph and his daughter were murdered, Lefebvre was the officer in charge of the case. Moody and isolated, he became not only investigator but guardian angel to Randolph's young son, Seth, left clinging to life after the attack. His colleagues and the community were convinced Whitey Dane, a local mobster with grand ambitions, was behind the murders but when Seth was killed in his hospital bed and both Lefebvre and all the evidence against Dane disappeared, the department was left reeling in the wake of crooked-cop iniquity.

But now Lefebvre's apparently sabotaged plane has been discovered in the mountains, along with his bones. Harriman must ease through a maze of anger and recrimination as he pursues the possibility of Lefebvre's innocence. But if this cop was innocent, that means another one wasn't - and that individual will stop at nothing to protect his guilty secret.

This is the eighth book in the series of eleven (as of 2011) ... I'm rereading the series.

The book begins ten years ago with Lefebvre's story ... the murders of Trent Randolph and his daughter, Amanda, and Lefebvre's bonding with Trent's son, Seth, who survives the attack. When Seth is murdered and Lefebvre disappears, everyone assumes he took a payoff fromWhitey Dane to kill Seth.

Jump ahead ten years and Lefebvre's plane is discovered along with this bones in the forest. It's up to Frank to investigate. The other cops get mad at Frank because he digs into the past and doesn't go along with the assumptions about Lefebvre.

I was really enjoying this book but found it got a bit draggy towards the end. I was ready for it to be over. And what I've found with some of Burke's books in the past, there are so many characters that I couldn't keep them all straight.

Usually the Irene Kelly books are written in first person from Irene's pespective. This one was different in that it was written in third person and focused on Irene's husband, Frank. It was a nice change.

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