Because Ideas Matter...
The faculty and staff of Butler University's College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences presents
by Andrew Gross, William Morrow, 2009
Reviewed by Larry Riggs
This is the second entry in the Ty Hauck
series by Gross, a former collaborator of James Patterson. I liked
it enough to plan to read the first book. In this one, Connecticut
detective Ty Hauck and his young daughter narrowly escape being
shot in a drive-by shooting in the usually quiet suburb of
Greenwich. Next to them in line at the gas station where the
shooting takes place, and killed, is a man who turns out to be a US
Attorney. When Hauck learns that a witness heard the shooter shout
the name of a Latina teenager recently drowned when her companions
left her trapped in a swimming pool, he concludes that the death of
the prosecutor was coincidental, and that the shooting was an act
of revenge. The first suspect is the dead girl's brother, but when
he turns out to have an alibi, Hauck has to look further. It seems
that the shooter was a gangbanger, but what would motivate the gang
to avenge the death of a girl with no connection to them? Was the
use of the girl's name some kind of diversion? Was the federal
prosecutor the target, after all? Was he working on a case with a
connection to the gang? As Hauck follows the case through several
layers of misdirection, he encounters career criminals, political
fixers, eerily intimidating employees of an Indian-owned gambling
casino, corrupt war profiteers, and, ultimately, his own brother.
Definitely worth reading.
- Larry Riggs is Professor of French at Butler University.