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Loved Every Dugoni Novel I've Read But Not This One
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2021
This is a short story of Detective Del Castigliano starting his first case as a homicide detective for the Seattle Police Department. His police career in Madison Wisconsin had stalled and a recent break up by his girlfriend make an opening at SPD homicide worth taking.
This short story has all the aspects of a Robert Dugoni novel that I have come to love reading the Terry Crosswhite series as well as other books. It is well written, flows well, has an extensive B-storyline, and captured my interest with a gripping storyline. Vic “Faz” Fazzio, the future partner of Terry Crosswhite also is a rookie in the Homicide Division. Of course, Del and Faz make up the second team of detectives in Terry’s Violent Crimes Section’s A-Team.
With all of this, why did rate this novel with two stars? The reason is that the author committed has the cardinal sin in writing for me. The ending is what I call a “Who Shot JR” (from the TV show, Dallas) ending. The short story ended abruptly with a major issue unresolved. These seven chapters would have been an excellent start to a full-length novel. I searched the eight Terry Crosswhite novels for the other principals and could not find any mention of them. At least with Dallas, you learned who shot JR in the next season. Hopefully, this story will continue in a future novel, but I find it hard to see how this would provide a backfill story as The Academy and Third Watch did. I did not rate this short story with one star because of the positive aspects I provided in the first sentence of the second chapter above.
I never thought that I would write this, but right now, I cannot recommend reading this short story. I might in the future, but not now.