"exciting investigative tale"
Lowell Daily Empire reporter Eddie Bourque strongly
believes that his stop in this Massachusetts city is short
term as his goal is Boston, New York, and DC. However, his
ambition is slightly deterred when his beat partner Danny
Nowlin is found dead in the Worthen Canal. Eddie refuses
to accept the official position that an accident occurred
because his peer was a junkie.
Eddie begins investigating the homicide, but soon runs into
walls put up by the police who want the case closed. Worse
yet his boss demands he drop the story or risk his job.
Even the first generation immigrants he talks to refuse to
cooperate, which is out of character. In spite of threats
and pressure, Eddie obsesses over obtaining the truth, but
when clues lead him to follow a Cambodian woman into the
city's poorest neighborhood; thugs beat Eddie up and dump
him into a canal. Eddie survives, but now the police, his
newspaper, and an unknown assailant's hired gun want him
silent, but Eddie still doesn't know why.
This investigative tale will grip the audience because of
Eddie's bulldog determination to obtain the truth. The joy
is watching the tenacious Eddie's attitude change. He goes
from not making waves that interfere with his achieving his
ambition of working for the Globe to an obsessive need at
any cost to learn what happened to his partner and why
seemingly everyone wants him silent. Though the town's
apparent total reaction of silence seems stretched,
distrusting neighborhoods have done likewise; besides
sometimes the paranoids are right as this fun who-done-it
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 8, 2003