“The most engaging pair of detectives I’ve seen in a long while.”
SOME SECRETS WILL NOT DIE
For three agonizing decades, seasoned manhunter Jacob Rein has been consumed by one case—a missing girl never found and two cops dead, one murdered, the other a suicide.
Rein’s protégé, Detective Carrie Santero, shares an equal fascination with the twisted patterns of murder. But when the discovery of a small human foot unearthed in the Pennsylvania woods leads her to a decades-old cold case, she is not prepared for the secrets she will unravel—and their connection to her mentor’s dark and buried past . . .
Praise for Berard Schaffer’s The Thief of All Light
“Tense, fast, and excellent—I loved this book.”
“Schaffer writes about cops with the assurance of a seasoned police veteran.”
“Schaffer presents a thriller that is both gruesome in content and honest in its portrayal of police procedures.”
“Schaffer is the real deal. His writing will knock you out.”
Multiple plot contrivances and a lead investigator who makes questionable choices mar Schaffer's sequel to 2018's The Thief of All Light. Viera County, Pa., police detective Carrie Santero is assigned to the case of Monica Gere, a rape victim who alleges that she was assaulted by a police officer who pulled her over. When Santero reaches out to touch Gere to console her, bafflingly without asking for permission, Gere pushes her away and becomes hysterical, leaving Santero with little basis to counter her superior's belief that the accusation was a false one. Meanwhile, Santero looks into a cold case the remains of a child's foot found in the woods is believed to belong to Hope Pugh, whose disappearance 40 years earlier was never explained. When Santero's dogged efforts lead her to a missing case file, she makes a decision that shows poor judgment: she attempts to preserve a fingerprint on a knife from the case file in her hotel room rather than transport the evidence to a laboratory. Neither investigation comes to a satisfactory solution. Hopefully, Schaffer, a veteran police officer, will do better next time.
An unsettled grave
Carrie Santero and Jacob Rein are back in the second book of this wicked good series. A cold case from Jacob’s hometown leads Carrie into his past of small town dysfunction, a missing girl and two dead cops. This is a fast paced, heart pounding, keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time you’re reading kind of book. While it is book two, don’t be afraid to read it as a stand alone. But why would you? The Thief of all Light is also an amazing read.