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For the 2009 NJABBIC Release Challenge - week 18 - author first A-L last M-Z
The characters are well drawn and believable (the St. Paul chief of police is based
on the actual person). There are multiple crimes, but what ties them together?
Icing on the cake is that it's set in Minneapolis-St.Paul, as are many of the Lucas
Davenport stories - reading it, I think "Yeah, I know that building - I've been there -
I've driven past that place."
And a Sandford character from some of his other books , BCA investigator Virgil Flowers,
pops up a couple of times, as well as Kidd, the artist/hacker from another series.
Lucas Davenport is an investigator with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (or BCA for short). He mostly works outside of the Twin Cities region but when a wealthy widow and her maid are killed in the city the governor asks that Davenport be involved. Constance Bucher collected art and antiques and quilts and some items may be missing from her home so the motive for the killings may have been theft. Davenport is trying to figure that out but he is also dealing with another case that involves a State Senator who is accused of having sexual relations with a girl under 16. The political overtones of that case are causing some serious headaches. The murder case becomes even more complicated when Davenport learns that another rich widow in Wisconsin was killed some years ago and that the two women knew each other. While Davenport is unravelling the threads the reader knows who committed the murders so the book becomes a will they be caught mystery rather than a whodunnit. That doesn't take any suspense away from the plot.
I've only been in Minneapolis/St. Paul a few times but I feel like I know the general outlines of the locale of this book. It certainly makes me want to visit again. I especially would like to see the Walker Art Center and its sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen which is mentioned in this book.
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