Awhile back, I won a book called The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello. Knowing I would be on a plane and nervous, I took it with me to Texas and read it on the plane.
I enjoyed the main character, Special Agent Raleigh Harmon and her persistence in getting the case solved. I don't read many detective novels, so this was a new experience for me. But as I am getting older I am experimenting with many new forms of writing (and reading!) and I have to admit that this was very intriguing. I found it hard to put the book down, and became engrossed in the story-wondering what would happen next.
For me, it was a true whodunnit, who was responsible? type of read. I mean, during a rally in the seedier section of town two men, one black with past trouble with the law, one white and in law enforcement both fall to their deaths and no one seems to see anything. Or is it that they are just not talking?
Raleigh Harmon, agent assigned to the case-is determined to find out. Even when higher ups pressure her to just close the case as a lost cause, she never gives up. Harmon, haunted by her own demons, the unsolved death of her beloved father, her mentally unstable mother, and her unwillingness to let others get too close to her proves to be the classic heroine and determined, if yet obsessed, agent who is willing to go the distance and prove her theories correct. Even if it means going against orders higher up, she has to find out the truth. Using contacts she has in Washington to analyze evidence she has collected, along with her own knowledge as a forensic geologist she is able to get a good idea of what happened.
The author does a great job in detailing the whole investigation procedure, I learned things about how investigations are done that I didn't know before. No detail is left unturned in Raleigh's quest to solve the case. It was riveting and definitely a page turner from start to finish. I mean, I finished it in two days-while on vacation. In the evenings, I'd be tired and come back to the hotel to escape the TX heat, and read before drifting off to sleep. Like I mentioned before, I've never really been a detective story reader, but this really kept my interest. Thanks to Tami Hunter at http://creativetree.typepad.com/treeswingreading/ She is always giving away some good books, head on over to her blog and check it out!