N.Y.P.D. detective Ellie Hatacher and her partner J. J. Rogan are called to the scene of an apparent suicide. The victim is age sixteen and from a wealthy and influential family.
Alafair Burke uses her knowledge of the streets of New York to create action that rolls out as if the reader was a pedestrian in the street or in Washington Square Park, listening to the sounds of laughter and watching the eccentricities of the cast of characters.
Ellie not only investigates the questionable suicide of this teenager but has flashbacks of her own policeman father who was found dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot when Ellie was of an impressionable age. She considers if she "...could simply set aside her own past like a discarded shopping bag."
When Ellie talks of her youth and her hero father, she remembers the occasions when he'd discuss his work. We wonder if this could be anything like young Alafair Burke growing up with her own multiple award winning father, James Lee Burke.
The teenage children and their relationships with their parents are the heart of the story. Many of these teenagers have been cast aside by their parents and are attempting to live their lives on the streets.
Another important theme is the abuse of prescription drugs and antidepressants.
There is rich character development as the author deals with the teenagers and we learn of their histories and the background of some of the parents who seemed so perfectly situated in their world.
The author keeps the reader guessing through the intricacies of the story and the reader will shake their heads in appreciation of the author's writing skill as we read the concluding chapters of this entertaining story.
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