Tuesday 9 January 2018

Book ~ "Blackout" (2016) David Rosenfelt

From Goodreads ~ New Jersey state police officer Doug Brock has been after infamous criminal Nicholas Bennett for years. When Bennett kills someone close to Doug, however, Doug's investigation - and his life - start spiraling out of control. He's placed on indefinite suspension from the police force and breaks things off with his fiancée, but he can't let the case go, and he continues an off-the-books investigation on his own. 

When Doug's former partner on the force, Nate Alvarez, receives a call from Doug saying he's discovered something big, something terrifying, something they need to call in the FBI to handle, Nate is furious that Doug has still been working the case. 

But when the call ends abruptly, and shortly afterward Doug is found in a hotel room, shot and in critical condition, Nate’s anger turns to fear. When Doug finally awakens from his coma, however, he has no memory of the case, or even the last several years of his life. But the pull of what he might have discovered is too strong, and he finds himself immersed in a desperate search for truth once again, regardless of the danger.

Doug Brock is a police officer who had been suspended from the force during an investigation of the death of a teenager Doug and Jessie, his fiancée and fellow police officer, were about to adopt.  He focuses on finding the killer and breaks up with Jessie.  Doug is found shot and it's discovered he can't remember anything from the last ten years ... getting suspended and shot, dating and breaking up with Jessie, who won the last Super Bowls, etc.  He does remember his old friend and former partner, Nate.

To lure the people who tried to kill him out into the open, Doug is reinstated onto the police force, working with Nate and Jessie (she's not too happy about that) and stumble upon a suspected terrorist plot.

I've read many books by this author (I enjoy his Andy Carpenter series).  This was the first non-Andy book I've read by him and I liked it.  I like the writing style as it was funny, sarcastic and amusing at times.  It was written in first person perspective in Doug's voice but switches over to third person perspective even when Doug is in the action (I found this a bit strange).  I liked Doug, Nate and Jessie and their humorous interactions with each other.

It is the first in the Doug Brock series and I look forward to reading future ones.

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