Sunrise Highway by Peter Blauner
A body washes up on Rockaway Beach and Lourdes Robles is called out to the scene. She works for the NYPD but has a gut feeling that this isn’t an isolated incident. Some things about the body bear a similarity to other crimes over the years. She finds herself investigating a string of murders that could be connected by their proximity to Sunrise Highway a stretch of road that goes from Brooklyn all the way out to Montauk Point along the southern edge of Long Island. The problem is it’s a multi-jurisdictional case and while Nassau County and the Feds are cooperating Suffolk County, long known to be a very closed force, is not making things easy for Lourdes. Could they be hiding something? Or someone?
I picked up this book because it was about an area I know very well having grown up less than five miles from a stretch of the titular highway. I enjoyed the book because of the solid plotting, great characterization and good storytelling. Lourdes is a wonderful heroine with all her faults and attributes making her into a real person. You can understand her pricklyness and applaud her pigheadedness.
In this book I found the thing that makes me extremely uncomfortable to read about: abuse of power. I listened to the book and continued to listen because the reader was so good but I had to keep taking breaks because I was getting so angry and upset. All I can say is that I was quite satisfied with the ending and I can understand why it ended the way it did. Turns out that Lourdes and I may have a bit in common.
This is the second in the series but reads just fine as a standalone; I didn’t even realize it was a sequel. But now that I know I’m keeping an eye out for the third entry.