Just a couple of weeks ago (Sept 15), WW had the pleasure of commenting on a Les Edgerton work (Just Like That) and here we are again with The Perfect Crime. Both of these are on Kindle for not much money, and I recommend immediate downloads.
The Perfect Crime takes off like a bullet and doesn’t let up till it smashes into its own surprising, yet inevitable, ending. Charles “Reader” Kincaid is a bad actor with an ingenious mind. He cooks up a terrific plot to garner revenge and a few million dollars at one and the same time. The plan involves having the money stolen by proxy so he doesn’t have to dirty his hands or risk capture, and doing it in a way that will deliver maximum damage to the object of his ire.
On the way from Dayton, Ohio, to New Orleans, where he plans to deliver his coup de Grace, Reader picks up an entourage he’d rather not have along on this particular journey.
Grady Fogarty is a retired cop whose brother Reader murders as he develops his plan. However, evidence is thin, and with the perp seemingly headed across jurisdictional lines, the chances of nailing him–ever–seem to be the old combo of slim and none. Grady’s obviously not satisfied with that, so he gases up and heads south.
It takes some fierce detective work and some new alliances with other ex-cops of entertaining and fascinating character to even pick up the genius-criminal’s trail, and even more of all that to stay on it. Edgerton follows the actions of several major characters so that we’re in constant suspense if and how and when their circumstances will intertwine. Grady naturally stumbles into some hot romance along the way, and their “first time” scene–because it’s set up just right and is not particularly graphic–is one of the juiciest you’ve ever read.
No more plot from me. The joy of discovering that and the intricacies of the characters you’ll get from reading the work, not the reviews. I will say, however, that despite the fact that this is a novel of action, we end with a rather philosophical question about what is, strictly speaking, legal and what is just. Nice.