Unpunished by Lisa Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the free Kindle e-book. The following is my honest review of Unpunished: A Gardiner and Renner Novel by Lisa Black.
My introduction to Maggie Gardiner and Jack Renner was in the novel That Darkness: A Gardiner and Renner Novel. The premise is not too far fetched, but the presentation and subplots are unique. A cop (Jack) can no longer stand to watch heartless sociopaths slime through the legal system, and back into the lives of decent citizens.
With stealth, Jack works to be a benevolent administrator of justice against bad people.
Maggie's character in "That Darkness," seems undeveloped. Sort of a mousy little forensic nerd who finds she is working alongside the vigilante killer. She does not fear much, almost to a degree of carelessness for her own safety.
In Unpunished: A Gardiner and Renner Novel the two crime investigators are still on the job. He is a detective, and she is a forensic technician. In book one, Jack Renner promised to stop his form of justice. Maggie keeps close tabs on Jack.
The vehicle of fiction brings a truckload of good insight into the Fourth Estate or News Business. The death of real news and investigative reporters are detailed within the workings of the novel.
The news building of reporters, editors and a monolithic printing press system starts to fill with dead bodies.
There is frenetic energy among all the characters for a myriad of reasons.
Maggie is trying to babysit Jack. She is "only" a forensic tech, but insinuates herself in all phases of the investigation.
In "That Darkness" Maggie did not come off as three-dimensional, in "Unpunished" she is starting to reveal herself. She still seems a bit taciturn but acts with the courage of a lioness.
I enjoyed this novel, and when I got to the end, I did not want it to be over.
I will recommend this for our library collection.
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