Weir, Charlene – EDGE OF MIDNIGHT

EDGE OF MIDNIGHT (Police Procedural-Kansas-Cont) – Okay Weir, Charlene – 7th in series

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2007- US Hardcover- ISBN: 0312347979

Police chief Susan Wren is very busy in the small town of Hempstead, Kansas. She has a rookie cop who has nearly killed two of her partners by not following their instructions. The teenaged girl Susan has befriended is clearly upset but won’t talk to Susan. A World War II veteran suffering of Alzheimer get a hold of a gun. Into this comes Cary Black, a woman on the run from her abusive husband, who is a cop.

I so enjoy this series and felt the last book, “Up In Smoke,” was excellent. For me, this book wasn’t up to the same level. There was a lot going on in this book, perhaps a bit too much. I did feel the story could have been much tighter. And yet, Ms. Weir deftly wove most the fragments together into a suspenseful plot primarily focused on abuse. The protagonist of this book, rather than being Susan, was Cary. Ms. Wren did a very good job of showing the balance of Cary’s fear yet strength and determination, as well as the husband’s psychosis and rationale for beating his wife. However, there were a few too many coincidences and I definitely saw the end coming. This was definitely not her best book. I do recommend Ms. Weir’s books and wish she would write them faster, rather than every two-to-three years, but I should recommend starting with “Winter Widow.”

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