THE DEAD GIRL THEY FISHED OUT OF THE EAST RIVER WAS A DRUG ADDICTED HOOKER, SO NOBODY REALLY CARED.
Except that Medical Examiner Michelle McNeill thinks it’s a murder, and NYPD Homicide detective Mike Stoneman agrees. Every death is a tragedy, and every murderer should be exposed, even when nobody wants to hear about it.
When Mike and his partner, Jason Dickson, start to dig into the case, they find that there may be other cops protecting the criminals – or maybe they are the criminals. And one of them might be Mike’s former partner.
In order to uncover the truth, Mike and Jason have to go outside the lines, and risk their own reputations, jobs – and lives. This case is one that Mike can’t walk away from, no matter how much he wants to.
This is the second book in the Mike Stoneman thrillers, I haven’t read the first so wasn’t sure what to expect. This is a really engaging cop thriller. If you like this genre I can highly recommend this book. Hooks you from the start.
Mike is on sick leave following a shoulder injury he had received in the previous story. A 20 year old girls body is found in the East River, on examination the cause of death is drowning, aided by heroin that is found in her system. Assuming she is just a junkie, hooker, no one seems interested or cares.
Except for Michelle McNeill, the ME and also Mike’s partner, she is suspicious, if the girl had been a junky she would have had track marks in her body, but there are non except for one needle mark. Mike’s partner Jason Dickson also finds this revelation strange, so alongside his temporary, new partner Ray McMillian he starts to look into it, alongside a high profile murder which is connected with a drugs and money laundering scheme, a case which erupts in violence, which hinders Dickson’s help to Stoneman and McNeill as he has to fight office politics. But could the crimes be linked in some way.
This pushes Mike to start investigating although not totally officially, he gets involved with the death of the girl, because of both Jason and Michelle’s doubts that she was a junkie. As the three start to dig deeper it appears she is not the only girl to be found in this way, there is evidence of at least three other girls dying in the same way, no regular track marks, one single puncture mark, but with heroin in their system.
This is a fast paced, thrilling ride, leading the reader into the world of corruption, drugs, prostitution and politics. Mike Stoneham wants to do what is right, but at times the lines between what is right in the law and what is right by the person becomes a little blurry. I like the romance that seems to be blossoming between Stoneman and McNeill. It seems Dr McNeill has some demons in her past, which make her keep digging.
I may have to catch up with book one to see how this series started. But this is a really solid read, with great characters, that are relatable.
I will be looking out for book number 3 in this series.
I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ our of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️