cover image Gregory’s Game: A Naomi Blake Mystery

Gregory’s Game: A Naomi Blake Mystery

Jane A. Adams. Severn, $28.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-7278-8366-7

What happens to spies, hit men, and others of their ilk when the political balance of the world shifts? It’s not easy for them to reinvent themselves, as shown in British author Adams’s murky ninth mystery featuring blind former policewoman Naomi Blake (after 2013’s Secrets). The torture murder of a man with no apparent history, found strung up in a cottage kitchen, and the subsequent kidnapping of a mother and child, bring assassin Gregory Hess back into contact with the mysterious Nathan Crow, art student Patrick, Naomi, and Naomi’s husband, former Det. Insp. Alec Friedman. What links the principals is never clear, nor is the reason for so much trust between people on opposite sides of the law. After the kidnapping, a cop says that he finds nearly everyone connected to the case to be cold. Many readers will agree with him. (June)