The Shadows We Hide

{amp}nbsp; Mulholland: Little, Brown. Nov. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780316509787. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316509763. M
Joe Talbert's journalism career is on the line after a senator files suit over a story and Joe refuses to reveal his source. Just as Joe is forced to take a leave of absence, he receives word that his long-absent father has been murdered. Using the mystery of Joe "Toke" Talbert's death as a distraction from his legal worries, his responsibilities for his autistic brother, and a widening distance with his girlfriend, Joe takes off to investigate the killing. While he's not surprised to learn that Toke terrorized his neighbors, he's shocked to learn he might now be heir to a multimillion-dollar fortune. Even more shocking, he might have to split his fortune with a half-sister, Angel, if she survives an overdose-induced coma. Joe will have to wade into the waters of family dysfunction before he can find closure.
VERDICT Featuring characters from Eskens's debut, The Life We Bury, this title by the "Max Rupert" mysteries author begins slowly but gains momentum as the circumstances surrounding Toke's death unravel. While the ending wraps up a little too perfectly, readers will enjoy the ride. Newcomers will be able to follow the story but may wish they had started with the first book. [See Prepub Alert, 5/14/18.]
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