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Powers of Arrest: A Cincinnati Casebook    by Jon Talton order for
Powers of Arrest
by Jon Talton
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

In the second of author Jon Talton's Cincinnati Casebook series, readers become reacquainted with Homicide Detective Will Borders. Because of the removal of a benign tumor on his spinal cord, he now walks with a limp, uses a cane, and suffers constant discomfort.

While his physical condition seemingly consumes him, he manages to still function, although as a public information officer instead of as a detective.

Will feels useless in his job and thinks of himself as a cripple. However, when a police officer is slain, he investigates as though he were still a detective.

He has the help of an old acquaintance, Cheryl Beth Wilson, who was his pain nurse after his surgery. After the cop killing, two young women were found dead, slashed to ribbons. The killer strikes again, killing a young man. Will is threatened, told that he's next.

This plot is intricate but easily followed. I had no idea who the culprit might be and was surprised to find at the ending that I was way off base.

The author's love of Cincinnati pulses through the story and prompted me to put this city on my must go to list.

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