Oct 162015
 
Review: Stray BulletsStray Bullets (Detective Greene #3) by Robert Rotenberg
Narrated by: Paul Hecht
Published by Recorded Books on Jun 4, 2013
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

In Stray Bullets, Rotenberg takes the reader to a snowy November night. Outside a busy downtown doughnut shop, gunshots ring out and a young boy is critically hurt. Soon Detective Ari Greene is on scene. How many shots were fired? How many guns? How many witnesses?

With grieving parents and a city hungry for justice, the pressure is on to convict the man accused of this horrible crime. Against this tidal-wave of indignation, defence counsel Nancy Parish finds herself defending her oldest, and most difficult, client.

But does anyone know the whole story?

This was a straight forward police procedure combined with courtroom drama story. The biggest “twist” is that it is very Canadian. The story is set in Toronto, Ontario, with locals sure to recognize scenery. The story clears shows the way the Canadian law and court systems work, with their subtle differences from US systems.

I loved the sense of familiarity this book had. I find court-based stories to be rather relaxing as there is a definite pattern and expectation to the plot. Reading them is like wearing comfortable pyjamas, and to experience that with a Canadian version makes them flannel pjs.

This is the third in a series, yet is still very much a stand alone story. There are characters from previous installments, as well as some new faces. It was nice to catch up with everyone as they investigated a rather tragic situation.

Overall, this was a great read. It fit all my expectations for this type of story, with the added bonus of a familiar setting.

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