MYSTERY

Bone Canyon

Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. (Eve Ronin, Bk. 2). Jan. 2021. 288p. bibliog. ISBN 9781542042772. pap. $15.95. M
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Thanks to a YouTube video that went viral, Eve Ronin was promoted to the homicide division of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, working out of Lost Hills. Eve is the youngest detective there, and resented for it. She knows she’s inexperienced, but she has an excellent mentor in her partner, Duncan Pavone, who has less than a year until retirement. Their current case takes them to the fire-blackened Santa Monica Mountains where bones are showing up after the most recent fire. Aided by a forensic anthropologist’s findings, Eve and Duncan track the identities of multiple victims. One, Sabrina Morton, disappeared six years earlier after reporting she had been raped. Eve discovers a second rape victim who identifies a tattoo shared by the rapists. Half of the male detectives at the Lost Hills sheriff’s station have that tattoo on their calves. The tension ratchets up in this fast-paced police procedural, which addresses sexism, cronyism, and corrupt officers, while also dealing with the investigative process.
VERDICT Goldberg follows Lost Hills with a riveting, intense story. Readers of Karin Slaughter or Michael Connelly will want to try this.

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