by Lisa Black
Wm Morrow 2011
What would you do if you learned that your teenage daughter was falling in love with a young man working in the same hotel who appears to have murdered a girl in his own living room?
Would your anxiety be high if you were a forensic expert working for the local police department?
And how about if the three lawyers who represented the boy in gaining a questionable acquittal are grotesquely murdered in the same hotel, where a lawyer convention was underway? Not surprisingly, the local police focus on the murders is intense, and you are in the middle of it.
In such a situation, the tension with your ethical and parental emotions and responsibilities pull you in opposite directions. The tension would be heightened even more if you were attracted to a fellow police officer, who seems to have some unfathomnable connection to the case.
If any of us were the protagonist in this story, we would be stretched as on a rack trying to find a path through the briar patch.
Defensive Wounds is an enjoyable story. Its detailed exploration of the mysteries revealed by the forensic process required to find the actual killer from amongst the hairs and other detritus of life is fascinating, creating a mystery within a mystery.
There are also two love stories sewn into the fabric of this fine story., which only adds to the mysteries to be unraveled.
If you enjoy the inner-twining of murder, love, a bit of sexual tension, parental responsibility, and forensic science, you will love Defensive Wounds .