Twenty Years Later
By Charles Donlea
Rating: 4/5 Stairs
Which starts like this:
Death was in the air.
He smelled it as soon as he ducked under the crime scene tape and stepped onto the front lawn of the palatial estate. The Catskill Mountains rose above the roofline as the early morning sun stretched shadows of trees across the yard. The breeze rolled down down from the foothills and carried the smell of decay, causing his upper lip to twitch when it reached his nostrils. The smell of death filled him with excitement. He hoped it was because this was his first case as a newly minted homicide detective, and not from some perverse fetish he had never known he possessed.Twenty Years Later
I’m a big fan of Mr. Donlea’s novels and was very excited to pick this one up. I won’t say too much on the plot to avoid spoilers…Investigative journalist Avery Mason is looking for her next big story, while also covering her own secrets. She stumbles upon an unsolved murder, which was shelved twenty years earlier after it’s main suspect died on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center collapse.
What did I like? The mystery is compelling. Mr. Donlea effortlessly layers twists and turns throughout the story. I enjoyed the characters of Walt and Avery. I liked the perspective of the experienced Walt looking back on his first homicide case.
What didn’t work for me? I think it was due to the nature of the dual timeline and the different narration points of view, but sometimes the storytelling felt a bit repetitive at times in the first half of the book.
Overall this is a page-turning, suspenseful mystery and a very fun read.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for providing me with an advanced copy of this book.