Suspect by Scott Turow
9/27/22; 448 pages
Grand Central Publishing
Suspect by Scott Turow is a highly recommended legal/investigative mystery.
Lucia "Lucy" Gomez, the police chief in the city of
Highland Isle, near Kindle County, has three male police officers accuse
soliciting sex in exchange for promotions to higher ranks. The sexual
harassment accusations against her are false and part of a plan to
destroy her career. While she is sure she knows who is behind this, Lucy
turns to an old friend, Rik
Dudek, to act as her attorney in the federal grand jury investigation
into the accusations. Along with Rik, comes Clarice
“Pinky” Granum, a licensed
P.I. and a thirty-three-year-bisexual with plenty of ink and a
memorable piercing. Pinky is Ric's secret weapon, she's smart, strange,
and has keen observation skills.
Pinky is the narrator and she is definitely a colorful one. While she
is clearly working on the case for Rik, she is also has other
diversions. Pinky is extremely curious about her neighbor, so naturally
she is investigating him too. You do have to suspend disbelief at time
as far as Pinky's intuition in picking up clues or putting pieces
together, but she does entertain. I'm not sure I'd want to read a whole
series featuring her, but she did provide engaging escapism
This is part of Turow's series of novels set in Kindle County, but can easily be read as a stand alone. The writing is excellent. There is enough going on in the complicated investigation and the plot is sufficiently intricate to keep you guessing to the end.