What Waits for You

Poisoned Pen: Sourcebooks. (LAPD Detective Tully Jarsdel Mysteries, Bk. 2). Jan. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781492684473. pap. $16.99. M
LAPD Homicide Detective Tully Jarsdel thinks it’s an honor to be sent to the Creeper Task Force until he meets the other recruits and realizes it’s a dumping ground. The news media dubbed the serial killer “The Eastside Creeper” because he hid in houses before torturing and killing the residents. Vigilantism is on the rise in the terrorized city by the time Tully is temporarily transferred. He hopes the LAPD’s new consultant can give him some advice, but she’s more concerned with changing the city physically with lights, benches, and fences that emit sound, all designed to lower the crime rate. However, her next plan leads to the suicide of a prominent priest. The city is already on edge, but his death, followed by the murder of a policeman’s wife, pushes the police force and the city to the brink. Tully, an academic–turned–police detective, feels lost until a false arrest sends him on a lone crusade that ends in a violent confrontation with the only person who can identify the Creeper.
VERDICT The sequel to One Day You’ll Burn is graphically violent with too much psychobabble and a disappointing ending in which the serial killer solution is an afterthought.
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