The Verdict on Each Man Dead

David Whellams. ECW (Legato, U.S. dist.; Jaguar, Canadian dist.), $24.95 (384p) ISBN 978-1-77041-295-8
This thrilling third mystery (after The Drowned Man) starring the erudite Chief Insp. Peter Cammon, retired from Scotland Yard, opens with an apt quote from a Viking poem: "Wealth dies, Kinsmen die, a man himself must likewise die. But one thing I know that never dies—the verdict on each man dead." Peter claims Shakespeare as his religion, but he ends up in the heart of Mormon country when Henry Pastern, a young Salt Lake City police officer whom he met on a previous case and has occasionally mentored, asks for his help on a case that has left Henry personally devastated. What began as a local investigation of drugs and murder on a surburban street seems to have links to the Unabomber and Oklahoma City bombing cases. Whellams, whose 30-year career in criminal law lends authenticity to his writing, weaves the plot seamlessly through a variety of events to keep readers guessing. This intense, suspenseful, well-crafted mystery will make readers glad that Cammon has not retired. Agent: Robert Lecker, Robert Lecker Agency (Canada). (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 09/14/2015
Release date: 08/01/2015
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 400 pages - 978-1-77041-044-2
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