New York Lillian O'Donnell Blue Death

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Blue Death

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At forty-one, Norah Mulcahaney's star is on the rise: She's passed the rigorous NYPD's captain's exam, and she's also succeeded in adopting a baby boy. But, her happiness is shattered when, within a month's time, four of her fellow officers commit suicide, each man found dead of a wound inflicted by his own service revolver. When Norah's longtime mentor, Chief James Felix, asks her to pay a visit to one of the grieving widows, Norah finds herself immersed in a controversial case that hits way too close to home. Chief Felix very nearly becomes the fifth victim, compelling Norah to prove the deaths are murder, not suicide. It's a race against time--before another of New York City's finest is laid to rest forever. With a plot that will keep O'Donnell's fans guessing, Blue Death is a gripping addition to the Norah Mulcahaney series.

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NYPD's Lieutenant Norah Mulcahaney (Lockout, 1994) confronts daunting professional and personal challenges in this unconvincing addition to her generally compelling series. As a sequence of suicides rocks the police force, Norah's nanny faces a family emergency and leaves the adoptive mother of preschooler Patrick without any help at home. Unable to find a reliable replacement, Norah does her best to oversee the investigation from her living room, a situation that doesn't sit well with her higher-ups. The conflicts of a single professional woman trying to raise a child are accurately portrayed, as are the loyalties and suspicions that reign within the force. Veteran mystery writer O'Donnell stumbles here on the plot, proposing a hard-to-credit motivation and means for the accumulating deaths. Norah's mentor, Chief James Felix, who is top aide to the police commissioner, comes under assault only days before Norah realizes she has been targeted too. Little suspense and an unprepared-for plot twist that sets up the resolution call for greater suspension of disbelief than readers will be able to summon. (May) FYI: O'Donnell also writes the Gwenn Ramadge mysteries and the thrillers starring Mici Anhalt.
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