BOOK REVIEW: NIGHT WORK
Can you imagine losing two people you are close to within a couple of years? This is what happened to Joe Trumbull.
Joe’s fiancée was murdered a short time before their wedding. He was trying his best to just get by each day without thinking about Laurel. Joe moved into an apartment above a boxing gym and worked out to help him get through the emptiness of being without Laurel.
After a couple of years Joe decided that maybe it was time to start dating again. Hesitant at first, he dated Marlene Frost. On their first date, Joe opened up quite a bit to Marlene. She seemed very understanding and sympathetic and this is a part of her personality that Joe really liked. He was eager to see Marlene again.
Joe tried calling Marlene a couple of times but kept getting her answering machine. He left a couple of messages for Marlene asking her to return his call. He also let her know that he had a good time on their date.
Then the unimaginable happened. Joe was informed that Marlene had been murdered. He was asked to identify the body. Then the shocker – Guess who the police were looking at as the prime suspect? – Joe! Why? His tie was wrapped around her neck.
The police were convinced that Joe was guilty but he maintained his innocence. Joe believed someone set him up. Other women start to turn up dead and guess what? They all had some connection to Joe. What was going on? Joe knew he must start his own investigation to prove his innocence because the longer this situation continued, he was getting in deeper and deeper. Will this nightmare end and will Joe be able to prove his innocence?
Steve Hamilton has a flair for characterization. You will notice this in the character of Joe Trumbull. He is a character that the reader will like right from the beginning of the book. You will feel his emotions as he tries to deal with the two deaths of someone he was involved with and the stress of trying to prove his innocence. The excellent job of characterization does not only apply to the main lead in this novel but the reader will see the same type of detail in the secondary characters in the novel. They are given just as much detail and attention. The setting of the apartment above the boxing gym really plays a big part in creating the atmosphere for this novel. It just seems like the logical place for a person to live when they feel everything has taken a down turn in their life and the future seems to be gloomy. The place is far enough away from the real world and a place to work off your emotions. Steve Hamilton has created a gripping novel that will keep the reader engrossed. Be sure to add Night Work to your reading list.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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