Title: Ring of Silence
Series: Paul Turner Mysteries: Book Twelve
Author: Mark Zubro
Publisher: MLR Press
Length: 83k Words
Category: Contemporary Mystery/Police Procedural
At a Glance: Ring of Silence is a roller coaster ride with danger at every turn that toes a fine line between fact and fiction.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Detectives try to save lives and protect the community and themselves.
We all saw the video of the Chicago cop who shot the kid sixteen time while his colleagues stood and watched. What would happen if Detectives Paul Turner and Buck Fenwick in a similar scenario showed up ten seconds before the firing started. In Mark Zubro’s twelfth book in his Paul Turner, gay police detective series, they’d do the right thing and put a stop to it. But that would only be the beginning of the intrigue, danger, and death that surrounds them in a ring of silence as they try to solve a mystery and do the right thing for themselves, their families, their colleagues, the community, and the rule of law.
Review: Paul Turner is a by-the-book detective working for the Chicago PD. His longtime partner, Buck Fenwick, tries to follow the rules but Buck sometimes gets a little out of control—especially with his mouth. Paul and Buck run up against Detective Randy Carruthers and have to take action, to save a young man. But Buck is not cut out to be hero material, and by no means wants the honor or publicity.
While trying to deal with the complications that crop up with the Carruthers incident, Paul and Buck become entangled in the murder of two activists, Henry Bettencourt and Preston Shaitan. Paul’s best friend, Ian Hume, has somehow gotten himself involved in this murder, and their longtime friendship hangs in the balance. The two cases don’t get any easier, and Paul and Buck find themselves up against harassment from fellow detectives, high level corruption, and at every turn, they have to watch their backs because they can trust no one.
Mark Zubro has created a really good police procedural in the Paul Turner Mysteries series. Ring of Silence is a roller coaster ride with danger at every turn that toes a fine line between fact and fiction. There are eleven novels that came before this one, and while I haven’t gotten to read them all, in the few that I have we get to see Paul grow as a loving husband and father of two sons—Brian, who’s getting ready to leave for college, and Jeff, the youngest, who has spina bifida. His close relationship and love for his sons left me with warm feelings for Paul. Their conversations are serious and heartfelt.
Buck Fenwick brings a lot of snarky humor to the story but sort of keeps his real personality hidden. It’s fun to watch the banter between Buck and Steve Fong, the IT wiz, and Kent Duffy, the new ME. Then there’s Mrs. Talucci; at ninety-two, she’s a force to be reckoned with and has some unique connections.
Ring of Silence added fuel to the fire for me to read all the current books in this series, and I hope there will be even more to come.
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