Fresh from a well-deserved vacation, Toronto Police Inspector John Sanders returns to find the homicide department deep into an investigation of the shooting death of a wealthy local businessman. But when a sergeant on the investigating team disappears with the case’s eyewitness, only Sanders’s fresh take on the evidence can unravel what really happened to Carl Neilson . . . and why.
Sleep of the Innocent is the fourth novel in the John Sanders/Harriet Jeffries mystery series.
Praise for Medora Sale
“It’s not easy to blend a serious love story with a taut thriller, but Medora Sale pulls off the feat with style in Sleep of the Innocent. . . . Sale, who writes with grace and attention to characterization, brings a touch of romance to the often gritty police procedural.”—The Washington Post Book World
Focusing on Toronto police sergeant Rob Lucas, this third in a series ( Murder in Focus ) alternates between taut sleuthing and an intriguing love story. While the series' heroes, inspector John Sanders and photographer Harriet Jeffries, vacation in America, Lucas probes the shooting death of a corporate chairman. After he questions a young woman who had been in the mogul's apartment before the crime, he installs her in a motel and files a statement, which lists her current whereabouts. But when he returns the next day, she has fled, and two men have broken down her door and ransacked her room. His subsequent reports produce the same result: someone is going after the woman, and using police information to do so. Finally Lucas locates the witness, but refuses to bring her in until he can plug the leak in his department. Sanders returns and is assigned the case, with its missing detective and witness as well as a haphazard paper trail indicating a number of ignored but obvious suspects. Although Sanders investigates, it is Jeffries who identifies the culprits. Lucas's musings about the power of the police and his relationship with the witness elevate this tale well above the routine procedural.