Chicago police department veteran Detective John Thinnes is
unhappy when he is forced into a partnership with the
beautiful rookie detective Dom Franchi. She isn't elated
that her new partner is part of the good old boy network.
Both realize they have to make the best of a bad situation
and their immediate superior thinks that in time it will
prove to be a good pairing.
Their first case turns out to be a brutal rape in which the
victim is so battered her own roommate doesn't recognize
her. The rapist's next target dies but the police
recognize the signature of the perpetrator and connect him
to two other rape cases. A break sends Thinnes and Franchi
to the northern suburb of Waukegan where a series of rapes
years ago bear a startling resemblance to the crimes being
committed in the present. Just when they think they have a
lead in the case another woman is abducted and the
bickering duo has to race against time before she is abused.
Anyone who likes to read a solid police procedural is going
to love THE FELINE FRIENDSHIP, in spite of the crime
topic. The plot is an action thriller that doesn't neglect
in depth characterizations. It is fascinating to watch the
partnership of Franchi and Thinnes evolve from prickly
co-existence to one of steady understanding and trust.
Michael Allen Dymmoch is an expert at creating a believable
investigation so that readers understand what police
officers have to deal with on a daily basis. It will be
interesting to see how the Thinnes-Franchi partnership
holds up in future novels.