Confession: I am somewhat behind on my reviews. I read this one so long ago that I couldn’t exactly remember what it was about. I had to begin re-reading. Within a few minutes I remembered it all. I tend to think more favorably of books a while after I’ve read them, so my review might be tainted by that.
Hocus starts with a crime. I like it when a book throws you somewhere into the middle of a story and you need to pause a bit to catch your bearings. We are in the confusion of a child’s mind as he is being saved by a policeman. Fast forward to present day when Irene Kelly and her husband Frank Harriman are in the middle of a fight. At least, they were in the middle of a fight when he left to check out something for one of his cases (he is a police officer) and he hasn’t returned. Irene is an investigative reporter and knows exactly how things look. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when Irene receives a ransom demand. Instead of cash, Irene is instructed to get specific information that leads her to one of Frank’s old cases.
The dialogue is snappy and the book is fast paced. I enjoyed the mystery and descriptions of Bakersfield CA. This is a good summer read. Though portions of the book are a tad predictable, it was fun.