Tuesday 16 January 2018

Book ~ "Tin Men" (2018) Mike Knowles

From Goodreads ~ Woody was working on getting high when the phone rang. Dennis was on a date - it was a date he paid for, but a date all the same. Os had blood on his hands from a little extracurricular law enforcement. All three men picked up their phones because they were cops and cops are never really off-duty - not even when they’re crooked.

Detective Julie Owen was savagely killed in her own bed and the unborn child she was carrying is nowhere to be found. The grisly crime has the brass breathing down the necks of the three detectives tasked with finding Julie’s killer. Woody, Dennis and Os each shared a bond with Julie that went deeper than the blue of their uniforms and have their own reasons to want to find the person responsible for her murder. Secrets drive the investigation - secrets that need to stay buried long enough to solve the case.

Woody, Dennis and Os are police detectives in Hamilton, ON.  Each has their own issues.  Woody is dealing with his personal grief by becoming a junkie.  Dennis pays for female companionship who have extra parts.  Os is big and angry and has his own way of bringing criminals to justice.

A fellow police officer is found brutally murdered in her own bed.  She was pregnant and her unborn child is missing.  Partners Woody and Os are assigned to the case, as is Dennis.  No one likes Dennis but he has a knack for solving crimes quickly.  Their boss is putting pressure on them to get this crime solved quickly which adds to the tension they are already feeling.  They go off investigating this case using their own styles.

This is the sixth book I've read by this author, the first other than his Wilson series (which I like).  It's written in third person perspective with a focus on wherever the action is.  I liked the writing style ... it was blunt and to the point.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.  Initially I found Woody, Dennis and Os unlikable but became more sympathetic towards them as I got to know them better.

I'd recommend this book.

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