But I read on, and discovered this compelling novel was full of surprises. The Blue Hallelujah is not so much a police procedural mystery as it is a retired police procedural – the hero is Jerry Strickland, a retired officer in the Richmond, Va., police department.
The first surprise is that the little girl is Strickland’s granddaughter. The second is that the kidnaper is not what he seems, and has a very different kind of motive. The third is that this is a story with deep roots in the past. Strickland is a widower; his wife Rebecca died of cancer – in prison, and in prison for murder.
Straka, the author of several previous mystery novels, is one fine action/thriller./mystery writer. And The Blue Hallelujah is one fine mystery.
Related: Andy Straka’s web site.