****There have been two further Jack Leightner books since I read The Graving Dock but alas I have not read them.
- Bill Selnes
- Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Graving Dock by Gabriel Cohen
32. – 442.) The Graving Dock by Gabriel Cohen – Cohen returns with a new Jack Leightner mystery 6 years after the very good Red Hook. The body of a young boy in a coffin washes up in
Brooklyn. Jack is
frustrated as the numerous detectives assigned to the case cannot even
determine the child’s identity. Pursuing slender leads Jack finds an
unconnected murder on the abandoned Governor’s Island
to have a connection to the boy in the box. (It is amazing that the same island
was part of the plot in Killer Heat
which I read in June.) At the same time Jack has been struggling to find the
right moment to propose to his girlfriend, Michelle Wilber. Set in late 2001
the spectre of 9/11 overlies all activities in . The plot
gracefully weaves a determined investigation with a real relationship. Cohen
skillfully uses the locale of the Red Hook area in New York Brooklyn
to enhance the story. It is a rich complex novel that happens to be a mystery.
I hope we do not have to wait another 6 years for the next in the series.
Hardcover. (Aug. 5/08)