Hello, Transcriber

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Nov. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781250795953. $27.99. M
DEBUT For two years, Hazel Greenlee has felt trapped—in her marriage and in the small town of Black Harbor, WI. She’s drawn to Forge Bridge, where locals often jump to their deaths; she understands the attraction. When she gets a job transcribing police reports at the local precinct, she learns the secrets that appear in those reports. She’s pulled into an investigation when her neighbor Sam shows up at the police station with a severed finger, saying he helped hide a body in a dumpster. According to the police report filed by detective Nikolai Kole, suspicion falls on a local drug dealer called Candy Man, whose apartment Hazel volunteers to search. More murders (and Hazel’s growing attraction to Nik) ensnare her in the secrets and lies at the heart of Black Harbor. Soon, she doesn’t know whom to trust; she even fears the neighbors in her apartment complex.
VERDICT Former police transcriber Morrissey brings her expertise to this suspenseful debut. The story of an introverted, troubled woman, isolated in a bleak small town, will appeal to fans of Jess Lourey’s atmospheric books.
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