Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Book ~ "Fade to Black" (2018) David Rosenfelt

From GoodreadsAfter getting shot in the line of duty, New Jersey state police officer Doug Brock has been busy rebuilding his life. He’s reunited with his fiancée and started to get some of his memories back. He hopes he can continue to recover with the help of an amnesia support group and that the damage from his past isn’t permanent.

It isn’t until fellow group member Sean Conner approaches him after a meeting that Doug realizes the trouble is just beginning. Sean has discovered in his attic what can only be called a scrapbook of a murder victim but he has no recollection of the girl’s identity or why he might have gathered this information. Doug agrees to help and convinces his captain to open what had been a cold case. When he discovers that he had a personal connection to this case, suddenly he’s questioning everything he thought he knew about the case, about Sean, and about his own past.

Doug Brock is a police officer suffering from amnesia after being shot ... he can't remember anything from the last ten years.  He is back to work, partnered again with Nate, and dating his former fiancée, Jessie, who is also a police officer.

Doug is encouraged to join an amnesia support group to help him recover. There he meets a Sean, a fellow amnesiac, who asks him for help. Sean says he has found a scrapbook about a murder victim named Rita and is concerned he was involved in her disappearance and murder. Doug checks it out and discovers he had helped put away the victim's boyfriend three years ago for her murder.  When Sean's head is found shortly thereafter, it looks like it could be the result of rivalry between the mob bosses in New Jersey and Vegas.  In the meantime, Doug continues to investigate Rita's disappearance and uncovers some possible fraud happening at the hospital where she had worked.  Could that be the reason she disappeared?

I've read many books by this author (I enjoy his Andy Carpenter series).  I liked 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 when Doug isn't part of the action.  I liked Doug, Nate and Jessie and their humorous interactions with each other. 

This is the second in the Doug Brock series and you don't have to have read the first one as it works as a stand alone.  I look forward to more in this series.

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