BOOK REVIEW: VALLEY OF BONES
Jimmy Paz, the Miami detective that Gruber introduced in Tropic of Night returns with a new cast of varied and interesting characters. The body of a wealthy oilman plunges ten stories from the balcony of a Miami hotel and Tito Morales, the young cop that witnesses the fall, makes a big impression on Jimmy with his professional attitude at a gory murder scene. This first impression leads Jimmy to pick Morales as his new partner.
When Jimmy enters the hotel room of the victim he finds a young woman kneeling and carrying on a conversation with a saint. Jimmy arrests the woman and finds that she does have a strong motive for murder. Her name is Emmylou Dideroff. She agrees to give Jimmy a confession but insists that she write it out in a notebook such as a student would use. Before she is through confessing she has filled several notebooks.
Dr. Lorna Wise is consulted to render an opinion on Emmylou's mental ability to stand trial. Jimmy and Lorna find that they like each other's company and work together to find out if Emmylou is telling the truth in her confessions or writing a wild novel. Eventually Jimmy brings in his old partner Cletis Barlow to lend a hand. We can't leave out Jimmy's mom in the list of interesting characters. She helps Jimmy and Lorna in their search for the real truth.
If you enjoy a bit of super-natural this book is certainly for you.
I am really glad that I read Tropic of Night prior to reading Valley of Bones. I certainly do intend to read Night of the Jaguar.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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