"Tremendous police procedural"
When Susan Boukedes is murdered, hardly anyone takes much
notice of the "Greek in the Creek" so not surprisingly it
ends up as a "Cold Case". However, when renowned
Washington Post investigative reporter Mary Keegan is
killed, the media latch on because one of their own was
violated. The two most experienced homicide detectives in
the Washington DC police department, partners for twenty-
five years, Franklin Kearney and Josephus Phelps are
assigned the investigation.
The press sees the similarities between the two Georgetown
homicides especially the severed little finger on both
victims so quickly they howl serial killer. Frank and Jose
make inquiries into both deaths, however, though the clues
between the two cases seem alike, they never quite fit
together. Though diligent and professional, Frank and Jose
seem to lag behind the killer. Both know that if Mary were
as prestigious as Susan was this investigation would also
have been a cold case.
A MURDER OF PROMISE is a tremendous police procedural
that enables the audience to not only observe modern
investigative techniques, but also failed procedures.
Readers see two police teams in action with Frank and Jose
kicking over every rock including one involving the Deputy
Secretary of State to find the culprit; the original team
on the "Greek in the Creek" case just went through the
motions before closing the case as unsolved. Robert
Andrews provides one of the genre's best tales not because
of a complicated twisting who-done-it, but because his cast
of characters brings alive law enforcement investigation.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 7, 2002