Thursday 5 May 2022

Book ~ "Citizen K-9" (2022) David Rosenfelt

From Goodreads ~ The Paterson Police Department has created a cold case division and they want to hire the private investigators known as the K Team to look into the crimes. After all, Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, German shepherd Simon Garfunkel, recently retired from the force. Plus, another K Team member, Laurie Collins, used to be a cop as well.

Their first cold case hits home for the K Team. A decade ago, at Laurie's tenth high school reunion, two of their friends simply ... vanished. At the time Laurie, had just left the force and Corey was in a different department so they had no choice but to watch from the sidelines. With no leads, the case went cold.

As the team starts to delve deeper into the events leading up to that night - reopening old wounds along the way - the pieces start to come together. But someone wants to stop them from uncovering the truth behind the disappearance, by any means necessary.

Corey Douglas is a retired police officer as is Simon Garfunkel, a his former K-9 partner.  They team up with Laurie and Marcus to form an investigation firm called The K Team.  Laurie is married to Andy, a retired criminal defense lawyer, and she and Marcus do investigative work for Andy.  Laurie is also a former police officer and Marcus has "persuasive" reasoning skills and provides protection when it's most needed.  Sam is Andy's accountant who is also a computer hack.  Corey, as a retired police office, used to have an issue with how Sam gets his information but he has changed his mind now that he seems how much faster Sam can access it.

There have been some budget cuts in the Paterson Police Department but they still have money to hire consultants.  Preferring to use it rather than lose it, the K Team are hired to investigate a cold case.  Seven years ago at Laurie and Corey's high school reunion, Chris and Kim walked out the door and were never seen again.  No one could figure out a connection between them.  Did they even know each other and had run off together?  Were they killed and if so, why?  If the police couldn't solve this mystery seven years ago when everything was fresh, can the K Team?

There have been 24 books so far in the Andy Carpenter series and I've read them all ... this is the third in the K Team spin-off series.  Though it is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone as there is enough background provided.

I liked this book.  I like the writing style of this author as it was funny, sarcastic and amusing.  It was written mostly in first person perspective in Corey's voice but is sometimes in third person perspective when the focus is on others.

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