Lisa Gardner – Fear Nothing (Detective D.D. Warren #7)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

In #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner’s latest pulse-pounding thriller, Detective D. D. Warren must face a new fear as a serial killer terrorizes Boston.

My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will. 

The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear. . . . She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.

My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D. D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.

Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me. 

D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women, he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:

Fear nothing.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Dutton

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Grāmata iesākas brīdī, kad detektīve Vorena viena pati atgriezusies nozieguma vietā, lai to pārskatītu, bet viņas negaidītā vizīte kādu pārsteidz. Par laimi, paliek dzīva, bet iedzīvojas ļoti traumatiskā un sāpīgā savainojumā, kas liedz viņai darīt vienu no lietām, kuru viņa ļoti mīl, savu darbu.

Lai varētu pēc iespējas ātrāk atgriezties pie normālas dzīves, atlabšanas nolūkos skeptiķe Vorena nonāk pie sāpju speciālists Adelīnas Glenas, bet fascinējošākais retas ģenētiskas slimības dēļ viņa pati nespēj just pilnīgi nekādas sāpes. Brīnums, ka izdzīvojusi tik ilgi.

Nežēlīgās slepkavības turpinās, un ātri vien tiek atrasta līdzība ar sērijveida slepkavu pirms 40 gadiem un šķiet viņam nupat uzradies liels fans! Interesantā kārtā viņš bijis Adelīnas, kā arī viņas vecākās māsas Šanas tēvs. Abu māsu likteņi izvērtušies ārkārtīgi atšķirīgi. Ja Adelīnai par spīti viņas slimībai paveicās un tika adoptēta, tad Šanas dzīves līkloči noveduši ieslodzījumā uz mūžu. Tomēr savas līdzības māsās šķiet, eksistē, kaut vai tādā ziņā, ka Šanai sāpju vietā nav pilnībā nekādas intereses par citiem, ja nu vienīgi kaut drusku par māsu.

Notikumi uzjundī ne vien Adelīnas niecīgās atmiņas par tēvu un ko vēlāk pati uzzinājusi, bet arī par atgadījumu, kas nosūtīja Šanu, tik jaunā vecumā, cietumā. Medijos un izmeklētāju sarunās slepkava iegūst iesauku The Rose Killer, pateicoties pie līķa atstātai rozei, kā arī šampanietim; un atkal kāds no mediju vidus negrib spēlēt pēc noteikumiem.

Ja, kādam šķita, ka Vorena spēj nosēdēt mājās, tad tā būtu pamatīga kļūda, bet vēl lielāka kļūda no vainīgā puses viņu mēģināt iebaidīt vai pakacināt. Diemžēl noslēguma lappuses uz tādas skumjākas nots.

                                                                                                                                                

Fear Nothing starts at the moment when detective D.D. Warren all alone is revisiting a crime scene to check things once again but her unexpected visit surprises our perpetrator. Luckily she stays alive but receives a very painful injury which forces her for awhile to stop doing one of the things she loves very much, her job.

To get back as soon as possible she gets send to a pain expert Dr. Adeline Glen, but ironically she thanks to a rare genetic disease can’t feel any pain. It’s a miracle she’s been able to survive that long.

Gruesome killings continue and soon enough investigators notice similarities with the work of a serial killer 40 years ago, and it seems that now he has new number one fan! Coincidence or not he was father of Adeline and her older sister Shana. But lives for the two sisters have turned out very different. If Adeline despite her disease was lucky and got adopted then Shana got herself incarcerated for life. However there are some thing in common, for starters Shana instead of pain have no care about anyone else except for her and maybe her sister.

All the events bring up old memories – not only what little things Adeline remembers, but also what it was that got Shana at such a young age to prison. In mass media and between investigators the killer gets a nickname The Rose Killer thanks to how he stages the killings. Once again we see how one of journalists doesn’t want to play by the rules.

And if someone thought that D.D. Warren was capable to idly stay at home then that would be a major mistake, but even bigger mistake would be to try to intimidate her. Unfortunately the conclusion is on more of a sad note.

Lisa Gardner – Catch Me (Detective D.D. Warren #6)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s latest D.D. Warren thriller, the relentless Boston investigator must solve a coldly calculated murder–before it happens.

In four days, someone is going to kill me . . .

Detective D. D. Warren is hard to surprise. But a lone woman outside D.D.’s latest crime scene shocks her with a remarkable proposition: Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle the death investigation.

It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle…

Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21st, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

But as D.D. quickly learns, Charlie Grant doesn’t plan on going down without a fight. By her own admission, the girl can outshoot, outfight, and outrun anyone in Boston. Which begs the question, is Charlie the next victim, or the perfect perpetrator? As D.D. tracks a vigilante gunman who is killing pedophiles in Boston, she must also delve into the murders of Charlie’s friends, racing to find answers before the next gruesome January 21 anniversary. Is Charlie truly in danger, or is she hiding a secret that may turn out to be the biggest threat of all?

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Headline Publishing Group

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Nopirku to Latvijas grāmatu izstādē 2015!

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Čārlija Granta apzinās, ka pēc četrām dienām, 21.janvārī, viņa tiks nogalināta. Tāpēc Čārlija, ja nu kas, izpēta izmeklētājus Bostonā, ja nu tā tiešām notiek. Par laimi, viņas izvēle krīt uz detektīvi Vorenu.

Virzoties sižetam maz pamazām uzzinām par Čārlijas neapskaužamo bērnību, līdz viņa nonāca astoņu gadu vecumā nonāk slimnīcā un tad pie tantes. Līdz tam bija jāpacieš un jāiztur māte ar MBPS, t.i., māte, kura nodara pāri savam bērnam, lai gūtu uzmanību no citiem. Tas atstājis paliekošas sekas pieaugušās Čārlijas dzīvē. Iemesls, kāpēc Čārlija gatavojas konkrētam datumam, ir tāds, ka pēdējos divos gados nogalinātas viņas divas labākās bērnības draudzenes, un nu Čārlija palikusi kā pēdējā. Pēdējo gadu viņa visvisādi trenējusies, bet, apsverot slepkavību apstākļus, rodas jautājums, vai tam beigās būs nozīme?

Bez šīs pamattēmas Vorenai kopā ar dzimumnoziegumu izmeklētāju detektīvi O(uzvārds pārāk grūti izrunājams, tāpēc tā saīsināts) mēģina atrisināt slepkavības, kur dažs labs drīzāk būtu gatavs slepkavam pateikt paldies, jo upuri ir pedofili. Interesanti bija vērot O jaunības asumu, dedzību un Vorenas pieredzes pieeju darbā, kā mēģina sastrādāties.

Aplausi par neparedzamību vainīgā ziņā gandrīz līdz pašām beigām! Vienubrīd jau tu esi pārliecināts, bet tad pēkšņi, nez no kurienes tāds pavērsiens un jauns aizdomās turamais, ka tik turies. : )

Netiek aizmirst arī par ieskatu Vorenas personiskajā dzīvē. Tagad, kad mājās ir desmit nedēļu jauns puika Džeks, viņas darba ikdiena ieguvusi šādas tādās pārmaiņas. Varēja pasmaidīt par to kā varenā detektīve uztraucas par savu vecāku neizbēgamo vizīti. Un kā pēdējā piebilde; apsveikums no manas puses Vorenai un Aleksam! Par ko? Tad vien atliek pašam izlasīt. (Vai arī sagaidīt manu viedokli par septīto sērijas grāmatu; visticamāk)

                                                                                                                                                

Charlie Grant knows that after four days at 21st January she probably will get killed. That’s why Charlie looks for a decent detective in Boston if that should happen. Luckily or not it’s detective D.D. Warren that she finds.

While the plot goes on we little by little find out about Charlie’s unenviable childhood, until at age of eight she is at hospital and after goes to live with her aunt. Until then she had to endure her mother with Munchausen by proxy syndrome. That has left big scars to the life of grownup Charlie Grant. The reason why she knows that it’s going to be 21st January is because her two best friends have been killed on those dates for last two years, and know Charlie should be the last one. For the past year she has trained in all imaginable ways for the coming moment, but knowing how her friends were killed you have to ask will that will matter?

Besides this main theme Warren together with sex crimes investigator detective O (the last name to complicate to pronounce) tries to solve murders for which some might congratulate the killer because the victims are pedophiles. It’s interesting to watch how the young and impulsive O and Warren with her experience try to work together.

Applauses for unpredictability considering who’s the killer, couldn’t tell almost until the end. For a while you think you know pretty sure who it is, but out of nowhere a twist with a new suspect and you don’t know what to think!

D.D. Warren’s personal life isn’t forgotten. Now, when there is a 10 weeks old baby boy Jack at home, there are some changes at Warren’s day-to-day work routine. You can only smile seeing how the strong and a bit intimidating detective fears and worries about her parents visit. And as a note from me are congratulations to Warren and Alex! Why? Well, you should probably start to read the book. : ) (or wait for my review of Fear Nothing)

Pirmdienas teikums #59

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Pirmdienas teikums ir mana versija par Bonespark~ “Sunday Sentence”, kurā tiek izcelts teikums no tā, kas iepriekš izlasīts.

While this undoubtedly sounds like a safer strategy, moving a body involves its own dangers, including the risk of being spotted by witnesses, let alone transferring yet more evidence.

Lisa Gardner – The 7th Month (Detective D.D. Warren #5.5)

Lisa Gardner – The 7th Month (Detective D.D. Warren #5.5)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston. D.D. figures she’ll be useful to someone for at least one night, serving as a police expert and making a little extra money in the bargain.

It seems like a simple task—until the previous film consultant, a former Boston cop, is found beaten to death. Suddenly D.D.’s date with Hollywood gets serious. Extremely pregnant, on the trail of a killer, and surrounded by a hundred and four murder suspects in the middle of a graveyard, D.D. must quickly unravel a tangled web of lies. As another cast member is attacked, D.D. realizes that like it or not, her priorities have changed—and her last desperate hope is that she can catch a killer before she and her unborn baby face mortal danger.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bantam Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Būdama septītajā mēnesī, seržante detektīve Vorena nosēdināta darbā ar papīriem, un nebūt nav sajūsma, ka laiž garām aktīvu izmeklēšanu. Vienā tādā garlaicīgā dienā rodas negaidīta iespēja konsultēt filmas uzņemšanā, lai izmeklēšanas detaļas un policistu lomu spēle būtu pēc iespējas akurātāka.

Tomēr lietas izvēršas nopietnākas, kad iepriekšējais konsultants, atvaļināts policists, tiek atrasts nogalināts, nosists ar beisbola nūju. Kā arī FBI aģenta klātbūtne kā aktierim ir visai negaidīta.

Vorena izjūt bailes par gaidāmo nākotni, ko viņai nepavisam negribas atzīt (neuzdrošinies to teikt viņas klātbūtnē :D), ne vien par gaidāmo mazuli, bet arī nenovēršamo kopdzīvi ar Aleksu, un, kā tas viss vēlāk ietekmēs viņas darbu un karjeru. Brīžiem labs, neliels humors, kas mazāk manāms garākā sērijas grāmatā.

Šo īso stāstu noteikti der izlasīt arī pavisam vienkārša iemesla dēļ, ja nu noder nākotnē, ka starp nodaļām ir īsi, ātri izlasāmi padomi kā nogalināt, izvēlēties upuri un ieroci, un, protams, ko tālāk iesākt ar līķi.

                                                                                                                                                

Being pregnant and in the 7th month Sgt. Detective D.D. Warren works behind desk with paperwork and she isn’t that thrilled to be out of action. In one such boring day an unexpected opportunity shows up and she has a chance to consult on movie about investigation details and that actors that play cops would be believable and as much accurate as possible.

However things turn out to be a bit more serious when the previous consultant retired cop is found killed; also a presence of the FBI agent as an actor is a surprise.

Warren feels fear (that she doesn’t like to admit even to herself; be careful not to say that in her presence) thinking about future and inevitable moving in with Alex, and how that all will affect her carrier. There is a good humor which is less observable in other books.

Besides the story between chapters there are advices how to kill, choose the victim and your weapon, and of course what to do with the body. Who knows what the future holds so a must read for everyone, especially if the killing is in your job description.

Lisa Gardner – Love You More (Detective D.D. Warren #5; Tessa Leoni #1)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

WHO DO YOU LOVE?
One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter?
AND HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO . . .
As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets. Would a trained police officer truly shoot her own husband? And would a mother harm her own child?
. . . TO SAVE HER?
For Tessa Leoni, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with nowhere to turn, no one to trust, as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. She has one goal in sight, and she will use every ounce of her training, every trick at her disposal, to do what must be done. No sacrifice is too great, no action unthinkable. A mother knows who she loves. And all others will be made to pay.
Love you more . . .

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bantam Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Policistes Tesas Leoni dzīve vienudien apgriežas kājām gaisā, kad viņa atgriežas mājās pēc maiņas, bet meita Sofija tur vairs nav, bet vīrs Braiens ar pašas dienesta ieroci tiek nogalināts viņas acu priekšā. Ar šaubīgu pagātni un īsti nezinot, kurš vēl iesaistīts, Tesa neuzdrošinās uzticēties saviem kolēģiem vai likuma aizstāvjiem vispār.

Šajā lietā varam baudīt kā Vorena un Bobijs apvienojas kopīgam darbam. Abi, īpaši jau par Vorenu, atraduši otro pusīti, bet tomēr jāuzmanās vienuviet esot, jo agrāk jau pirms pirmās sērijas grāmatas bijuši pāris, bet, saprotams, darbs katram bijis nozīmīgāks. Vorenai, ņemot vērā ar jauno sevis stāvokli un cenšanos aprast ar domu, lieta izvēršas citādāka. Viņas mērķis nostādīts uz Tesu un nepavisam negribas noticēt Tesas notikumu versijai.

Apbrīnojami, ko gan Tesa gatava paveikt, ja runa ir par briesmās esošo meitu, ko visticamāk citādāk nepieļautu pat domās. Bet, ejot arvien tālāk, pastāv drauds zaudēt vairāk no savas cilvēcības. Stāsts ietver sevī arī problemātiskas tēmas, kā aizraušanas ar azartspēlēm, neskatoties uz augošiem zaudējumiem plus vēl aizņemšanās no nepareiziem avotiem.

Vorenas sērijas grāmatas nezaudē savu šarmu ar katru nākamo grāmatu sērijā un spēj joprojām noturēt interesi, nezaudējot spriedzi un mistēriju, cerams arī atsevišķās Tesas sērijas grāmatas (pēc Goodreads datiem vēl divas ira) ir līdzīgas.

                                                                                                                                                

State police troopers Tessa Leoni’s life turns upside down when after a long shift she comes home to find her daughter Sophie missing and her husband Brian at gunpoint and then killed with her own gun in front of her. With suspicious past and not really knowing who else is involved Tessa doesn’t dare to trust her colleagues or other law enforcement.

This case gives the reader a chance to enjoy the investigative work when Bobby Dodge and D.D. Warren join together. Both of them have found a significant other but still as once ex-couple (before the first book in the series) and realizing that both of them enjoyed the work more. For Warren this case turns out to be something more as she tries to accustom with her new condition. Her target from the beginning is Tessa as she doesn’t buy her story.

It’s amazing what Tessa is willing to do and how far to go when her daughter is in danger, and probably what she didn’t even thought capable of before. But going further and further there are risks to lose more and more from your humanity. The book contains problematic themes as gambling even when your losses are increasing plus borrowing from wrong people.

Detective D.D. Warren series as it goes on doesn’t still can be interesting and not lose its mystery  and suspense, hopefully that’s the same for Tessa Leoni series. According to Goodreads two more books in that series.

Lisa Gardner – Live to Tell (Detective D.D. Warren #4)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

A savage crime has rocked a working-class neighbourhood of Boston; four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father is lying in an intensive care unit, his survival in doubt. He is the principal suspect. Female police detective D.D. Warren, however, is not one to take things at face value. At the same time, Danielle Burton is about to have her life thrown into turmoil; a nurse whose life is at the service of her profession, she has tentatively recovered from a devastating family tragedy of decades before – and the investigation by Warren and her partner is about to throw Danielle’s life into chaos once again. There is one more angle to the triangle: the devotion of a mother, Victoria Oliver, to her disturbed son is about to be tested to the limit.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Bantam Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.5/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Tuvojas 25.gadadiena kopš Daniela izdzīvoja, kopš viņas tēvs nogalināja māti, māsu, brāli un pats sevi, bet viņu atstāja dzīvu. Katru gadu Daniela tuvojoties šim datumam uzņemas vairāk maiņu darbā kā ierasts, un strādā viņa slimnīcas nodaļā, kura ārstē garīgi slimus bērnus.

Darbaholiķei seržantei Vorenai prātā ik pa brīdim iešaujas doma, ka būtu pēdējais laiks atrast dzīves draugu un mēģināt veidot ģimeni, bet vienmēr atrunājies ar ilgajām un neparedzamajām darba stundām, kā arī, ka vienkārši nav tam domāta. Tomēr Bobijs kalpo kā pamudinājums kaut ko darīt, īpaši, pēc tam, kad viņa un Anabellas ģimenē skaitlisks pieaugums. Šajā ziņā interesanta autores intervija ar Vorenu pēc recencijas. : )

Jaunākā lieta, visa ģimene tiek atrasta nogalināta un izskatās, ka vainīgais tēvs, kurš mēģinājis izdarīt nesekmīgu pašnāvību. Bet papētot tuvāk atklājas interesantas lietas kā iespējamas finanšu problēmas (bet ne bezcerīgas) un garīgi slims adoptēts puika ar tendenci uz vardarbību.

Nepaiet īpaši daudz dienu, kad jau līdzīgu likteni piedzīvo cita ģimene. No pirmā iespaida varētu domāt, ka abām ģimenēm nav nekā kopīga, bet izrādās, ka ir – Danielas darbavieta, kura piedāvā savu klāstu aizdomīgo.

Kā vēl vienu interesantu tēlu var pieminēt agrāku finanšu haizivi, bet tagad garīgu dziednieku Endrū Vieglpēdi (Andrew Lightfoot). No malas, pārāk neiedziļinoties, var padomāt, ka tāds nekaitīgs kadrs ar vien labiem nodomiem.

Viktorija un viņas astoņgadīgais dēls Evans ir gandrīz kā atsevišķs stāsts, kas atklāj savu saistību ar pārējo vien tuvojoties beigām. Jāpiebilst, ka Evans arī cieš no garīgām kaitēm un mēdz būt īpaši nežēlīgs, bet tādas epizodes mijas ar retām priecīgām, un māte akli tic, ka tikai viņa zina, kas būtu labāk un ka tikai viņa spēj palīdzēt. Bet, manuprāt, tā vien pasliktinot situāciju.

                                                                                                                                                

25th anniversary is near since Danielle survived; since her dad killed her mother, sister, brother and himself and left her live to tell. Each year Danielle buries herself in the work and picks up extra shifts, and she works at hospital’s unit for mentally ill children.

Workaholic Sgt. D.D. Warren occasionally thinks that it might be the last time to think about starting a family but always excused herself with long and unpredictable work hours and also that it’s not just meant for her. However Bobby and Annabelle are as a stimulus especially when their daughter is born. In this case afterwards the review there is an interesting interview. : )

The newest case, the whole family is found killed and it seems that father was responsible who later unsuccessfully tried to shoot himself. But after looking into the matters more closely interesting fact are revealed like that the family had financial troubles but not so desperate to kill or that they had adopted mentally ill child with violent episodes.

Not that many days go by when another entire family is killed. From the first sight you might think that there is nothing common between them but there is – Danielle’s workplace, and there are enough suspicious characters

And one of those is former financial shark but now a spiritual healer Andrew Lightfoot. He gives an impression as harmless person with only good intentions.

Victoria and her 8 year old son Evan could be almost another story that reveals its connection to the main one only when the end is approaching. I should add that Evan also is mentally ill and can be very violent and cruel. But such episodes vary with happy ones, and the mother blindly believes that only she knows what’s best for her son and that only she can help, but in my mind only making everything worse.


Lisa Gardner Interviews Detective D.D. Warren / I thought that she became a Sgt. in the second book

Lisa Gardner: D.D.–What do you find most fascinating/frustrating about working with the new guy, crime scene expert Alex Wilson?
D.D.: Alex seems sharp. Knows his blood spatter–I respect that in a guy. ‘Course, he’s been teaching at the Academy, which is one thing, while we’re now standing in a Dorchester home with five dead and carnage in every room. I don’t want lectures, I want results. This was a family–according the neighbors, even a nice family who seemed to actually like one another. Until, of course, the father snapped and killed them all. Or did he? These are the kinds of questions I gotta ask, and Prof Alex better be ready to answer.

LG: When did you know you were going to have your own novel?
D.D.: First time I walked on scene in Alone. Please, I’m five times tougher than fellow detective Bobby Dodge and twenty times smarter. Plus, I look damn good in Jimmy Choos. Let’s see the former sniper do my job in my heels, then we’ll talk.

LG: What’s the most difficult case you’ve ever had to handle? Why?
D.D.: These past two family homicides. For one thing, any crime involving kids wrecks you a little. For another…I don’t believe in coincidence. Here are two families, totally different neighborhoods, socioeconomics, lifestyles, etc., yet they both wind up the same way, dead. Now, what are the odds of two totally different fathers going whacko in exactly the same way? I don’t believe it, but my boss isn’t into gut feel. All comes down to evidence. I would like some. Really, it would be nice right about now. Yo, Alex…

LG: What is the thing you love most about being a Boston P.D. Sergeant?
D.D.: Being in charge, calling all the shots, being the boss. Did I mention being in charge?

LG: What’s on your nightstand? What’s in the drawer?
D.D.: On my nightstand–back issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin I keep meaning to read. In the drawer–emergency stash of chocolate, couple of condoms (don’t I wish), and a Kindle loaded up with the latest J.R. Ward steamy hot, seriously action-packed vampire novel. Tell anyone, and they will never find your body.

LG: Favorite food?
D.D.: I’ve always been partial to Italian. Which my squadmate Phil, told Alex all about. Now, Alex claims to be a serious Italian cook–apparently his mother is a Capozzoli and they know their Bolognese. A little wine, a little homemade pasta, a little tiramisu. All I gotta do is pick up the phone, tell him a time and date…one phone call. How hard can that be? One little call.

LG: You drive that butch police car all day. What’s your idea of a dream ride?
D.D.: Walking on a beach. No car, no pager, no shoes. Just me, the wind, the waves and the cry of the gulls. I’d probably go nuts within minutes, but it would be nice to give peace a chance.

LG: Can you ever see yourself partnering successfully with another cop? Or are you the quintessential lone wolf?
D.D.: Excuse me, I love my squad and my squad loves me. Neil is one of the finest detectives around, plus better him than me viewing all the autopsies. And Phil–hey, family man, great wife, four kids, works in homicide to escape the violence. Gotta love Phil. They have my back and I have theirs. Life is good.

LG: I’m a woman traveling alone, staying in a hotel. What are your top three tips to keep me safe from psychos?
D.D.: Most hotel crimes have to do with property theft. Unfortunately, a guest walking in on a burglary, or a thief breaking in assuming the room’s vacant only to find a guest present, can lead to violence. Thus, your best defense is to always use the deadbolt, and always advertise when you’re “home,” so to speak.

Bolt all locks anytime you’re in the room and hang out the Do Not Disturb Sign Double-check door is closed and latched (failures happen more than you think) Try to avoid staying in rooms closest to the elevators and/or stairs–these rooms are more frequently targeted by thieves as the location allows for quick getaways.

LG: Do you have any scars?
D.D.: Maybe, but you should see the other guy. Give as good as you get, that’s always been my motto.

LG: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a pair of shoes? Describe!
D.D.: Silver sequined Jimmy Choos, on sale $500. Should never have bought them, but they’re really pretty and when I wear them, I don’t look like a cop, walk like a cop, or think like a cop. How does that commercial go…? Oh yeah, priceless.

LG: If you had to: dog or cat?
D.D.: No! Never! Don’t even think it!

LG: Tell me something I don’t know about you.
D.D.: I like mobiles. Don’t ask me why. But there’s something cool about looking up and watching the various shapes and colors slowly twist around. Sometimes, after a really bad day, I go home, close my eyes and create mobiles in my head–maybe one with bright origami animals, or another with silver geometric shapes. I let them go round and round, til finally I can sleep. Then when I wake up, I’ll know something critical about the crime–a piece of the puzzle I missed the day before, a clue I’d overlooked. I think it’s from focusing on patterns. That’s what crimes are, really–very violent patterns that a good detective must deconstruct, then rebuild in her head.

LG: Worst crime scene?
D.D.: The mummified remains of six girls on the grounds of the abandoned mental institute in Mattapan. Never saw anything like it, never want to again. Funny, that was Bobby Dodge’s first case as a detective (Hide)–got him a wife, and now a baby girl. But he never talks about it, and neither do I. Sometimes, finding justice for the victims isn’t enough, but it’s all we got. So a good detective walls it up, puts a Do Not Disturb Sign on that section of memory and walks away. Gotta in this job, or you’ll go mad.

LG: What do you wish you knew five years ago?
D.D.: Can a working woman have it all? Five years ago, I sweated my job. I worried I wasn’t working smart enough, closing cases fast enough. Now, I sweat my entire life. Am I working too hard? Missing out on other parts of life? Maybe I should take Alex up on his offer of homemade alfredo, except can I really be the detective I need to be, while trying to be the girlfriend I’d like to be? Can’t figure it out. So I wish that I’d realized five years ago, how good I had it. That focusing only on my policing career was a luxury I’d never have again. Spoken like a true workaholic, huh?

Pirmdienas teikums #58

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Pirmdienas teikums ir mana versija par Bonespark~ “Sunday Sentence”, kurā tiek izcelts teikums no tā, kas iepriekš izlasīts.

We try to figure out what makes each child tick, and we write up recommendations for the next set of experts who will ultimately deal with these kids, either at a residential program, or a long-term-care institution, or a supervised return to the home environment.

Lisa Gardner – Live to Tell (Detective D.D. Warren #4)