One Day You’ll Burn

Poisoned Pen: Sourcebooks. (Det. Tully Jarsdel, Bk. 1). Feb. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781492684442. pap. $15.99. M
DEBUT Det. Tully Jarsdel joined the LAPD instead of staying on the PhD path. His partner, Oscar Morales, and his lieutenant aren’t fans of the new program to advance high-scoring rookies into the homicide division in Hollywood. Yet, Tully’s history background proves invaluable when he and Morales catch the case of the corpse that was burned to death in some sort of oven, and dumped in Thailand Plaza. With no identification, and a fried corpse, it takes a great deal of time for the DNA to come back. After the initial footwork, Jarsdel and Morales’s work on the cold case of the “Dog Catcher,” an ongoing case in which dogs are poisoned on the owners’ wedding day. The graphic details of the murders and crimes are in stark contrast to Tully’s philosophical musings about his role in changing the world for good as a police officer.
VERDICT The solid debut police procedural is an homage to Hollywood and its history, with descriptive details of corners of Hollywood, classic films, and even traffic jams. The atmospheric mystery introduces a fascinating new detective who will appeal to fans of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch.

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