BOOK REVIEW: Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest-Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions.
Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop int he Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder.
Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention.
The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former vice president. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is....
MY REVIEW: Ann hands off a case that feels a little off; she thinks there is something more to it. When she decodes the planners found with the victim, she realizes he is related to one of Paul's biggest cases.
Paul is thrilled to finally have another lead. They realize their victim was the middleman for hired shootings. His higher-up is a lady shooter with thirty hits who has been quiet for the last nine years. A few weeks after they start re-interviewing people, she sends him a letter. Paul is shocked to find that, not only has she sent him two tapes convicting two people who ordered murders, but she is willing to turn herself in after exchanging the rest of the thirty tapes for a lighter sentence. Thus begins the chase to catch her as she receives the return letter. But she has planned for this.
As another plot in the story, the former vice president has been writing his autobiography over the past several years. He has now decided to include a chapter whose subject will shock and hurt several people, and start the press rolling. Ann has been helping him write these books, but this chapter is directly related to her as well, and in a deep, hurtful way. Paul is asked to review the chapter and find that it is all as it happened, being the event happened nine years ago and memories may have dulled. When he finds out how Ann is involved, things begin to click about her.
I enjoyed this book, both the plot of both mysteries, and the relationship that is developing between Ann and Paul. It was a very well-written book that moved along nicely. A very enjoyable read.