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BOOK REVIEW: THE LIGHTNING RULE
BY BRETT ELLEN BLOCK

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It's a once in a lifetime chance for redemption. Does it work?

This novel takes place during the summer of 1967, in Newark, New Jersey when it is very hot and racial tension is building.

Detective Martin Emmett worked in the basement of Newark's Fourth Precinct. It is better known as "the paper graveyard". This is where all the records were kept of such crimes like murder victims, accidental deaths and suicides. It was so quiet down there that Emmett learned to "pace" his work because his eight-hour shift would drag on and he would be twiddling his thumbs by noon. As you can tell, Emmett is working in the basement because his career is on the line.

Martin Emmett also had problems at home with his brother, Edward, who enlisted in the service during the Vietnam War and was now in a wheelchair and drinking way too much. Emmett was just thankful that his parents were not alive to see what has become of Edward.

One day, Lt. Ahern asked to meet with Emmett. The Lt. told Emmett that he needed his help in finding the killer of a black teenage boy whose mutilated body was found in a subway tunnel. As Emmett starts his investigation, he is in for a big surprise. This murder is just one in a long string of murders.

If Emmett can solve this case, it will be a chance for him to redeem his career. As the riots start to get worse, Emmett knows he must find the killer before he attacks again. Is he successful?

Brett Ellen Block has created a police procedural novel that has a tremendous amount of historical input. There is so much going on at the same time with the riots and a serial killer in the city. This book is a thriller because everything that is taking place is like a race against time. The author does an excellent job with the characters, especially Edward. You can just feel the pain he is going through and the mess that has become of his life. The author does a magnificent job of giving the reader a good idea of what it was like to live in a city that was experiencing such turmoil during this period. This book is highly recommended.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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