THE BLUE JOURNAL: A dark, sexy detective novel set in affluent and murderous suburbia – #mystery #bookreview

 

The Blue Journal

A Detective Anthony Walker Novel

L.T. Graham

Seventh Street Books – paperback, Kindle

Anthony Walker had been a good street cop in New York City. But the dangers and grim realities he encountered every day eventually made him fear for the safety of his family. So he took a job as a detective on a suburban Connecticut police force. The move “meant a substantial pay cut and an increase in his cost of living. But Walker felt it was the right thing to do for his wife and daughters,” L.T. Graham writes in this intriguing novel that introduces the “Detective Anthony Walker” series.

Unfortunately, the job turned out to be boring for Walker. “Taken together, all of the incidents of vandalism and burglary he had handled over the past five years were considerably less dangerous than a single midnight-to-eight tour in his old Manhattan precinct,” Graham describes.

But what is worse is that the move also gradually destroyed his marriage, leaving Walker almost friendless and alone in an affluent town where he barely can afford an apartment.

However, a murder case–something very rare in Darien, Connecticut–is about to bring big challenges and big changes to Walker’s life in several ways.

On the one hand, Walker’s boss, Chief Gill, wants the case wrapped up quickly and as quietly as possible. On the other hand, Walker is still a New York cop at heart, and he is not shy about asking blunt, upsetting questions to some of the suburban town’s wealthy movers and shakers.

The murder victim has left behind some kind of diary that seems to brag about her sexual escapades with prominent men and women in Darien. The names are barely coded, and as Walker investigates, he learns that many of the people in the diary, including the victim, are associated in some way with a therapy group conducted by Dr. Randi Conway, “a tall, attractive blonde” psychologist who recently has aroused Walker’s interest. Walker thinks one of the people in the diary could be the killer. But Dr. Conway, of course, has to protect her patients’ confidentiality, even as she finds herself somewhat reluctantly being drawn to Walker–and is not yet aware that her life truly is in danger.

L.T. Graham’s new detective novel is a dark, sexy look at murder and entitled attitudes in affluent suburbia. And Detective Anthony Walker is the kind of dogged detective who just plunges ahead through the subtle and not-so-subtle barriers that keep being thrown in his way.

There is one other mystery within this well-written and entertaining mystery. “L.T. Graham” is a pen name. The writer of this new series is described only as “a New England-based suspense writer who is the author of several novels.”

Si Dunn

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s