"Exciting police procedural"
Marshall "Mars" Bahr and his partner Nettie Frisch are
leaving the Homicide Division of the Minneapolis Police
Department to work the BCA's cold case unit. However,
before they leave they try to solve one last case. Teri
DuCain Jackson was found dead in her Lake of the Isles
home. Her parents discovered the body. Afterward the
father suffered a heart attack and died. His wife is sure
that her son-in-law, a wife beater, killed her daughter,
but Tayron "T-Jack" Jackmon of the Minnesota Timberwolves
has a perfect alibi.
He was with his in-laws, their lawyer and his attorney
negotiating a settlement that would give him a hundred
million dollars if he allowed Teri to divorce him. T-Jack
couldn't have killed her because Teri spoke to them moments
before her death. Mars thinks that T-Jack hired a hitman
to kill his wife but they lack the one crucial piece of
evidence that would allow them to arrest the suspect. Mars
comes up with a possible way to nail T-Jack and save a life
but to do so will force him to put his badge on the line.
K.J. Erickson writes an exciting police procedural that
maintains reader interest from the first page to last.
Although there is some surface resemblance to the Simpson
scenario, in THE LAST WITNESS the police are not prejudiced
and maintain a professional manner. Through his son
readers see that Mars is a caring person who plays by the
rules even when it cost him custody. One can't help but
admire him and wish that more people had such a strong
moral code. This is a "two-thumbs up" reading experience.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 10, 2003