Dr. Lauren Crawford is a brilliant research scientist who discovers a revolutionary treatment for cancer that not only extends life, but much improves the quality of life for terminal cancer patients. The treatment, in some instances, can even cure certain cancers. On the evening before Dr. Crawford holds a press conference to announce that the FDA has given preliminary approval of her new cancer treatment, somebody follows her to her car and puts three bullets in her head. Was it a planned murder with a motive, a mugging gone badly, or merely a random act of violence? Two New York City homicide detectives, Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown, are assigned to the investigation. The detectives evaluate the circumstances surrounding Dr. Crawford’s death, and follow a trail of clues that exposes a sequence of startling facts. One by one, the detectives carefully examine each suspect and piece together a puzzle with unimaginable implications. As the investigation gets more intense, and the detectives get closer to solving the murder mystery, someone threatens Dupree’s life. The detectives now realize that Dr. Crawford’s murder was much more than a homicide. And if they don’t arrest the murderer soon, Dupree might be the next victim.
I love me a good mystery and that’s what I found in Hypocrisy. Detective Amaris Dupree is believable as the female lead detective in this novel. A detective that has some family issues of her own but manages to keep it together and do this case justice. T.J. Brown, her partner of only a few months is likable as well and they have good chemistry together which is what’s needed for a pair of detectives to be interesting.
The mystery in this book is all about the death of a scientist who has made a very important discovery. A discovery that could sink her competition (the drug industry) and cost them to lose billions in prescription costs. Mr Annechino says this several times throughout the book so I’m not giving anything away. In fact, there are so many players in this book, I went back and forth as to who I thought was ultimately responsible and this is what a good mystery lets you do. It lets you judge the characters to see if they are killer material, if they have a good motive (which several of them did), and if ultimately you think they are the ones who “pulled the trigger” literally or figuratively. A good mystery also gives you an opportunity to change your mind as new facts come to the surface.
I enjoyed reading Hypocrisy. I enjoyed the twists and turns it took and I enjoyed having to change my mind again and again as I thought I had it all figured out only to discover I didn’t have a clue what I was talking about! Pick it up, read it, enjoy it. If you figured out who is responsible right away you are a much better Detective than I am!