4 out of 5 stars
I love a good mystery. I have been reading several mystery series lately and thought I would break away from “Bruno Chief of Police” and Louise Penny’s “Armand Gemache” series for a little bit for something new. I was in Powell’s Books at the Portland Airport before a trip and saw that the book “Fallout” came highly recommended and I had a look. Funny, crass, suspenseful, and profane were all words used to describe the book both on the cover and the tag, so I thought it would be a good fit for me. Being a mom, I like diving into a completely different world than the one I live in while reading. That is the beauty of a book…it takes you new places!
The book starts with our lead man, Tito Ihaka, a Maori police detective in New Zealand. He is having some troubles with his girlfriend, which seems to be a constant. He is having troubles at work too. He gets a tip off that his father may have actually been murdered, rather than dying from a presumed heart attack. He decides to investigate this new personal information on his own. Meanwhile, Polly Stenson was 17-years old when she murder at a big fancy election night party and the killer getting away with the crime has haunted the department, and McGrail, for 25 years. McGrail enlists Tito’s help in checking out a new tip on the cold-case.
On top of these two cases you get several other story lines as well, which really keeps the reader engaged. The story lines if you were to map them are quite complex, but the way Paul Thomas has written the book made it feel effortless to read. I enjoyed the various plots and how interwoven everything was.
I will say that the comments on the book were spot on. It is profane, it is violent, it is full of sarcasm. It took me a bit to fall in step with the characters and their humor, but that might be due to the fact that this is actually the 5th book in the Tito Ihaka series. I didn’t realize that when I picked it up. If I had, I probably would have looked for the first one to start with instead. While I think the book stands on it’s own the previous books might have helped me better understand the background. All of that makes me want to look for the first book, “Old School Tie” to see where it all starts.
I enjoyed this book and from what I have read, it had been 15 years since the last Tito Ihaka book was published. Fans have waited a long time for this one!
If you enjoy a mystery and don’t mind plenty of swearing, twists and turns, and people getting their eventual comeuppance this will be a fun book to read!