Black and Blue - Doug Brock, Bk 3 Author:David Rosenfelt Doug Brock hasn't had it easy since his getting shot in the line of duty as a New Jersey state police officer. Between the amnesia and having to solve two murder cases, it hasn't been the most restful recovery. He’s slowly earning back the trust of his girlfriend Jessie, since he doesn't remember their breakup, and has focused ... more »on new crimes with his partner, Nate.
But now an old case of Doug’s has resurfaced, and it’s up to Doug to retrace his steps -- steps he can’t remember -- to solve the case. Eighteen months ago, Walter Brookings was shot through the heart. With no clear motive and no similar murders, the investigation stalled and became a cold case.
When another man is murdered in the same fashion and the ballistics come back as a match, Doug begins to reinvestigate, and starts to question his own actions from the previous investigation.
Finally, what Doug uncovers may be more dangerous than any case he’s faced yet.« less
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Although the Andy Carpenter novels are some of my favorites, this is my second foray into the Doug Brock series by the same author. Actually, I found it more interesting than the first book in this series, and that is saying a lot. The hook with Doug is that he is a state cop who is/has recovered some of his memories from an injury he experienced in the first book. He's gone back to work, but things can be a bit dicey when he doesn't remember hunks of his life before the injury.
This is a strange case because Brock must retrace the movements and decisions he made 18 months ago -- a period in time he cannot remember. When the second victim is shot in the heart, Doug must try to second-guess why he dropped his study of the person who came up as a "person-of-interest" again. The case is complicated and the lively banter between the police officers is hilarious. Pete Stanton and Andy Carpenter (from Rosenfelt's more famous series) make a show in this book, but the story belongs to Doug and Nate. I enjoyed this immensely; I was really disappointed when the story ended.
1. Blackout (2016)
2.Fade to Black (2018)
** 3. Black and Blue (2019)