The Disappearance of Trudy Solomon

CamCat. Sept. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780744303308. $24.99. M
DEBUT Detective Susan Ford is on modified duty while Internal Affairs reviews her actions in a recent case, in which she shot and killed Calvin Barnes, a young Black man. The fallout reverberates: Calvin’s family wants answers about his death, and his father confronts Susan late in the book; she second-guesses herself: did she see what she thought she saw? McCreary’s mystery debut deals with one of the biggest questions in genre: how to handle a police procedural in the era of Black Lives Matter. (Susan is herself a supporter of the town’s BLM movement.) At the same time, Susan works with her retired father on a cold case. Forty years earlier, waitress Trudy Solomon went missing; Susan’s father had been the lead detective on the case. He always thought that a powerful local family, the owners of a Catskills resort, knew more than they revealed. When skeletal remains are discovered in New York, and Trudy is found alive, with Alzheimer’s, in a retirement home, new questions arise.
VERDICT This debut forces a police detective to question her own actions in a situation ripped from the headlines, while also juggling a cold case. Readers looking for an up-to-date police procedural will be satisfied with Susan Ford’s investigations, which use current forensic evidence, including DNA and security cameras.
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