Red Light, by T. Jefferson Parker

Red Light (Merci Rayborn Series #2) by T. Jefferson Parker: Book CoverFinished 4-28-10, rating 4/5, mystery, pub. 2000

Book 2 in the Merci Rayborn series

I always think a series should be read in order, but for the first time on my blog I’m going to say that you don’t have to read the first one to truly appreciate the second in this series.  Here’s my review of the first one.  I didn’t really care for Merci in Blue Hour, but I did like her in this one.

Merci is a homicide detective living with her young son and widowed father.  She has a new partner, after her last one (and the father of her child) was killed, a love interest, and a new case that threatens at least one of those relationships.  A prostitute is murdered and it looks like there is at least one cop involved.  Then Merci is handed a cold case 30 years old and it is also a murdered prostitute involving cops.  Could they somehow be related?  And why is someone trying to help her by providing evidence? 

Merci really did grow on me this time around.  She still has some issues, but the death of Hess a few years ago and the birth of her son has softened her a bit.  This is not one of those mysteries that wraps up everything with a beautiful bow.  Yes, all of the storylines reached a conclusion, but there were some difficult decisions to be made and Merci is just the gal to make them.  Life is messy and this mystery captured that.  Loved it.  My only complaint was the large cast of characters.  I sometimes had a difficult time remembering who was who.

I’m looking forward to the next one is the series.  This book came from my own library.