Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. (Detective Harriet Foster, Bk. 2). Dec. 2023. 347p. ISBN 9781662512551. pap. $16.99. M
Clark’s second Detective Harriet Foster title (after Hide) provides a compelling plot as well as significant character growth. Marin Shaw’s release from prison draws attention from all sides—from the press, from her family, and from the other Chicago aldermen who let her take the fall for their corruption. For three years Shaw has stayed silent, claiming that all she wants is to fade into anonymity with her daughter, Zoe. Meanwhile, detectives Harri Foster and Vera Li are assigned to the murder of an alderman—one of Shaw’s coconspirators. They sift through the evidence, trying to separate fact from fiction, and face their own struggles as women of color in a predominantly male profession. Foster also continues to have doubts about the recent suicide of her former partner. As new information about what her partner was working on comes to light, she must decide whom she can trust on both cases.
VERDICT The lead detectives are new to each other and building trust, and readers will become invested in the fragile bond they currently have, as well as the mystery surrounding Foster and her former partner.
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