So what’s it about?
Dead Gone by T J Brearton is a crime novel based in Naples and Tampa, Florida. Tom Lange is a new policeman about to embark on his first case with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement: a woman’s body is found floating in a Florida mangrove. Cause of death and ID is a puzzle. Tom’s boss Agent Blythe and the coroner Wade seem to butt heads and neither will let him into the investigation so he takes it upon himself to discover who the victim is and why she was killed.
Meanwhile, Tom is dealing with his drug-addicted brother who is struggling to pay off debts and stay clean. Tom’s neighbour, Alicia, also comes to him when her on again off again abusive boyfriend just won’t leave her alone. All Tom wants is a quiet life and to prove himself in the job he’s always wanted.
So what do I think?
I do love a crime thriller, especially one that has such good hopes of being a procedural series. This one did not disappoint. It’s fast-paced and has a good deal of twists and turns. It’s also really well written and I am looking forward to reading more about Tom Lange.
I did find the “massive twist” ending a little predictable and there was an awful lot going on. This made it hard to focus on the plot line and the ending thus felt a little rushed. That being said, I can’t otherwise fault this book. It’s pretty much everything a crime novel should be.
With Thanks to NetGalley for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.