I'm beginning to think the Joe Keough series is one of the most overlooked and underappreciated police procedural series out there. Randisi really knows how to write a thriller that keeps the pages turning and the pulse quickening.
This mystery takes place in St Louis and has many interesting twists. A good read
Joe Keough, a former NY City police detective, moved to St. Louis to get away from the bloodshed of the Big Apple and start fresh. But five minutes into Keough's new life, 4 year old Brady Sanders walked into his St. Louis police station, leaving behind a trail of bloody foot-prints. That was only the beginning of a twisted trail of darkness and fear, from Brady's missing parents and their blood soaked house, to the kidnapping of beautiful mothers and their small children. Were these hideous acts a series of unrelated coincidences, or was there a serial killer on the loose, stalking and killing the citizens of St. Louis? It wasn't long before Keough was forced to realize that death in the Midwest is no different from death in NY. Terror is terror, no matter where you live.
It's Joe Keough's first day as a St. Louis detective. His years in Brooklyn on the NYPD ended badly when he was forced to resign; Joe just wants the chance to be a detective again. The opportunity presents itself when three-year-old Brady Sanders wanders into the precinct house, his pajama footies soaked in blood. When Joe learns where the child lives, he finds a blood-spattered crime scene but no parents. He also investigates a series of other cases involving children; he suspects a relationship between all these incidents but can't find the thread to connect them. Meanwhile, he must negotiate his way through unfamiliar department politics and overcome resentment among his new peers toward the "big time New York detective." The second Keough case is stylishly written and carefully plotted, and it builds to a dramatic, exciting conclusion. Randisi also writes successful series featuring Miles Jacoby and Nick Delvecchio, but Keough--analytical, intelligent, and emotionally vulnerable--could easily become the author's most enduring, endearing character.
Joe Keough a former NYPD dective, moves to St. Louis to get away from the blood shed of the big apple and start fresh. Five minutes into Joe's new life, four year old Brady Sanders walked into the St.Louis police station, leaving behing a trail of bloody footprints. That was only the beinning of a twisted trail of darkness and fear, from Brady's missing parents and their blood soaked house, to the kidnapping of beautiful mothers and their small children. Where these acts a series of unrelated coincidences, or was there a serial killer on the lose, stalking and killing the citizen of St. Louis.