Redemption is Kate Flora’s third Joe Burgess Mystery and, after reading this installment, I'm excited to read books one and two! Set against the backdrop of Portland, Maine’s coastline, the book touches upon the privileged upper class and the lack of apathy the public, and even some of the authorities, have for the homeless in this fast-paced, gritty crime drama. Not to worry though, main character, Detective Sergeant Joe Burgess, a lovable, big-hearted, by-the-book cop with a fierce loyalty to those he loves, is on the case and won’t rest until he finds the killer. Written in the third person, the story quickly unfolds as we follow Burgess through the myriad of suspects and clues. Flora keeps us glued to our seats with scene after suspense-filled scene and with some of the most colorful and descriptive characters ever assembled in one novel. This one is most definitely a winner!
Detective Joe Burgess has just found his longtime friend and fellow Vietnam veteran, a familiar figure on the streets of Portland known as “Reggie the Can Man,” at the bottom of the Portland harbor, dead from an apparent drowning. Soon, though, it becomes apparent that this was no accident and that Reggie Libby was murdered. Throughout the investigation, Joe and his team work tirelessly around the clock wading through clues, inconsistent alibis, and uncooperative suspects, including drug dealers, hired killers, a crazy witch, an alcoholic artist, a cold-calculating ex-wife, and Reggie’s weasel of a son, in order to find Reggie’s killer. To make matters worse, Joe is battling past demons of his own while trying to preserve his relationship with his current love interest. With everything closing in around him, Joe is left wondering if he’ll ever find Reggie’s killer!
Redemption is scheduled for release mid-February 2012 and is available for purchase through the publisher, Five Star Publishing, Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and at local bookstores across the country. Check out the first two installments of the Joe Burgess Mystery series, Playing God, released September 2006, and The Angel of Knowlton Park, released April 2009, available as e-books and audio books. Flora is currently working on a second true crime entitled Death Dealer, involving a Canadian serial killer.
Flora divides her time between Massachusetts and Maine, and was a former Maine Assistant Attorney General. She is a former editor and publisher at Level Best books, former international president of Sisters in Crime, and a founding member of the New England Crime Bake conference. Flora’s impressive body of work includes seven Thea Kozak mysteries, three Joe Burgess crime dramas, her suspense thriller, Steal Away. The true story, Finding Amy, which was a 2007 Edgar nominee has been optioned for a movie. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including the 2011 Best New England Crime Stories: Dead Calm. She teaches writing for Grub Street in Boston.