Freeburn, author of Parental Source, the first in the C.C.D. Series, returns to the streets of
Virginia in her second police procedural crime novel, Generation Without
Souls. Parallel to
books of the 87th Precinct by Ed McBain, Freeburn manages to convey
the art of police work while delivering suspense, action, and
three-dimensional characters tightly compacted into a page-turning
Rayven Forrester, her brother the attorney,
Quinton, and her partner, Preston Richards, spearhead the Child
Crimes Division (C.C.D.), established to give more attention to
child-related crimes. Geared toward investigating homicides and
abuse cases, the last thing the dynamic trio expected to be working
on is one involving stuffed animals.
Ambers, stuffed teddy
bears, similar to Beannie Babies, are the latest, hottest fad. Kids
want them, and parents will do anything and everything to get them.
When an expected shipment of dolls is late, the gathered mob of
anxious shoppers turns ugly. C.C.D. is called to the scene and works
crowd control. Things go from bad to worse when a murder is
committed under the nose of a police-protected toy store. And a box
of Ambers is missing, perhaps stolen, from inventory.
would kill for a box of toys? Plenty of people would. The dolls
stolen were from an imperfect lot of crafted critters. The street
value of such a delectable doll is through the roof. Rival
teen-gangs are doing anything, and everything to get their dirty
little hands on the Ambers, including acts of extreme violence.
It is up to the C.C.D. to figure what, aside from an
imperfection in the manufacturing, is making the Ambers so popular.
Their search for answers is hindered by an abundance of roadblocks,
both legal and illegal. One thing is certain: the stakes are high.
The gangs are not fooling around. Lives are in danger. No one is
safe, not even the members of the C.C.D.
Filled with some
tender family moments, a splash of romance and a whole lot of
Without Souls is filled
with everything I expect to find in a mystery novel. Freeburn is a
talented and skilled novelist. She has created amazing characters
that readers will immediately care about. Generation Without
Souls is one of the
best police procedurals I have read in a long time. It is full of
twists, turns and stomach-churning loop-de-loops. I look forward to
the third in the series.
Crimes Division is back, urgently seeking the answer to why a
popular toy could result in an increase in crime, even murder in a
toy store. Rayven, Preston and Quinton must position themselves and
the C.C.D. as a barrier between suburban and urban gangs heading
toward war, all the while, dealing with the political naysayers whoa
attack the division and its results.
REVIEWED BY PHILLIP
NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR, PHILLIP TOMASSO
Tomasso III is the award-winning author of Adverse Impact, Johnny Blade, Third Ring, Tenth House and Mind Play.
He works full time as an employment law paralegal, freelances for a
community newspaper and writes regular book reviews for Futures
Mystery Anthology Magazine, The Best Reviews and Curled Up With A
Good Book. Tomasso also writes middle grade novels under the pen
name, Grant R. Philips. King Gauthier and the Little Dragon Slayer will be released by Port Town
Publishing, September 2003; Sounds of Silence in the Fall of 2004 by Star Bright Books. Living in
Rochester, New York with his wife and three children. Tomasso is
currently at work on his next mystery and middle grade novels.