It is Spring, 2006. Three months ago Detective Sgt. Noah Harkham lost his partner – and mentor – Detective Sgt. Rob Meares to a sudden, tragic death in the midst of their investigation into a pair of brutal murders. Now, with the case gone cold and Noah grieving, he gets the news he’s been dreading: he’s been assigned a new partner, Detective Allan Franks. On their first day, the pair get put on a hit and run that left one young girl dead and two families forever altered. When a witness leads them to a member of one of the city’s most powerful families, the two must put aside their differences to close the case – and keep their star witness alive.
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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers’ Favorite
A fun and intriguing drama combo mystery, Impact is a hard hitting ‘who done it’ that makes you want to buckle up and ride right along with Detective Sergeant Noah Harkham. He’s got a bit of a troubled past, with the ghost of his old partner keeping him from moving on, but the Captain thinks it’s time to get on with it and has assigned him a new partner in Detective Franks. Now they’ve got a chance to get the measure of each other while they are solving a particularly sad case of hit and run.
The only thing low about this book was the page count. I could have ridden along with Harkham and solved another ten mysteries before I got bored. Noah was an excellent cop character, not hard and boring like I’m used to in most popular crime fiction. He is a very interesting, smart, and slightly broken guy…even though he says he’s not. He tries to come off as the jaded, calm, collected cop, and in some ways he might be, but in others he’s just a guy with a troubled past. Very interesting character dynamics between Harkham and Franks. It’s hard to call it banter, what with the curt barks and sharp quips, but I really enjoyed how they interacted together, particularly nearing the end of the story. J.I. O’Neal writes cynically and effectively. It wouldn’t surprise me if this was the first of many excellent crime and mystery novels we see coming our way from O’Neal. A solid showing!
Indiscriminate: Book One of the Riverdale PD Series
Book One of the Riverdale PD Series introduces the reader to Riverdale’s men and women in uniform and the criminalists who aid in criminal investigations. Among these brave officers is Detective Sgt. Noah Harkham, who sustains life-altering injuries in the line of duty and is forced into early retirement. Bitter and feeling adrift, Noah attempts to put the pieces of his life back together and learn to cope with his disabilities. But when a string of attacks on emergency personnel becomes linked to a case Noah worked with his former partner, Detective Allan Franks, Noah is drawn back into his old life to aid in the manhunt. But this temporary foray back into law enforcement only proves to show Noah what he no longer has. Will he be able to go back to civilian life once he tastes the thrill of the hunt once more? And what does the man who ended Noah’s career have to do with these new crimes?
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