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Guilty Plea: 07/16/19
Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg is the second of the Greene and Kennicott mystery series. This time a wealthy man is found murdered in his kitchen while his young son sleeps. He's found by the nanny who doesn't live on site.
The bulk of the evidence suggests that the estranged wife did the deed. Even as it goes to the crown court Greene and Kennicott continue to track down leads.
As with the first volume, I find the huge cast of characters a bit much. Rather, the jumping from point of view to point of view is what gets me down. These scenes while they prove the author knows all the pieces of the process from investigation to trial, they get in the way of the narrative flow.
My other concern over the direction of this series is in the choice of murderer. In the previous book it was implied that an autistic boy was the killer (but not proven in the court). In this book, the killer, again accidentally, is a disabled member of the family. This series is setting up a pattern where the most marginalized person is the killer and the most privileged is set up to almost take the fall for the death.
The third book is Stray Bullets (2012).
Comment #1: Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 20:08:42
Interesting note about the marginalized person being the killer. I read these a few years ago and never noticed that. Makes me think differently about them.
Comment #2: Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 13:58:00
It's at least true for the first two. I have the third book and will be reading it soon. I'll see if the trend continues.