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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Review: Farragut Square

Farragut Square
by Bette McNicholas

Farragut Square is a small plot of real estate in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s financial district. A crime took place there eight years ago and remains unsolved. Lindsay McCallister is searching for her missing sister. She swaps her tutu for a policeman’s standard blue uniform and her ballet shoes for a 9mm Glöck.

She’s about to meet the one man capable of exposing her secrets and ruining her mission, Sergeant Joseph Dragani, the newly appointed head of the Unsolved Mystery Task Force.

One evening, Lindsay finds Douglas Bly, hiding in her closet. He’s an escaped murderer who not only kidnapped her sister, but also has a perverse obsession with virgins.

But Joey Dragani, the street-smart detective, has other plans for Lindsay and is not about to let this murderer strike again…

Very enjoyable story. I had trouble leaving it and would stop reading and try to do something else only to drift back and continue reading.

The main character, Lindsay McAllister, is a ballet dancer turned policewoman. She’s obsessed with finding out what happened to her missing sister, Tricia Avery. It doesn’t sound very plausible but hey it works! The handsome detective she’s drawn to is Joey Dragani, a known womanizer. He is drop dead gorgeous. Their romance flourishes as the story goes on. No outrageous bedroom scenes but there is very definitely a sexy thread continuing throughout the story. Their Task Force assignment is to find the ending to unsolved cases and her sister's case was one of them. They meet a creepy serial killer Douglas Bly in their investigations. No kidding--he is one scary guy.

I especially like the pace of the story. It’s a very measured continuous beat. Events unfold, the reader is kept moving forward. There is a lot of conversation which I normally don’t care for, but again--it works very well. The ending is a surprising one. You’ll need to read this to find out.

The story is set in Farragut Square in the DC area. The author is constantly bringing the reader back to the Square though there’s a short visit to a commune in New Hampshire and a weekend on Long Island.

I really enjoyed this story. There was only one jarring note and that was the dialect on the Italian who had the pizza place. It sounded like it was taken from a TV show and that is absolutely the only complaint I would have with the story.

I highly suggest you give this book a try. I don't think you'll be sorry you did!



Review by Verbena