An Unattended Death

An Unattended Death

eBook - 2012
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On a hot August morning Anne Paris is found dead, her body floating in the slough at the bottom of her family's remote summer property on an island in Puget Sound, the apparent victim of a sailing accident. Irene Chavez, the lone female detective in a rural Washington State sheriff's department, is assigned to investigate the death of this privileged young psychiatrist. As Irene gets to know Anne's family, their houseguests and neighbors, and Anne herself as the dead woman emerges in the accounts of the people who knew her, she comes to believe that it was not the boom of a sailboat that whacked Anne on the back of the head, but someone close to her. Irene's own past loss and unrealized ambitions, along with her awareness of the distinctions of social strata, compromise her objectivity and professionalism as she attempts to maintain composure in the face of the opaque and entitled enclave of summer people. Working with unusual autonomy and urgency while her supervisor is on vacation, Irene resists the easy solution - and the family's wishes - to close the case as an accident, and persists in a homicide investigation. Paralleling Irene's professional challenges, her fourteen-year-old son is arrested, bringing home to Irene the perils of growing up in a small town or anywhere, and the inevitable parenting limitations of a working single mother. It is in the context of her son's arrest that Irene first becomes acquainted with the new Mason County prosecuting attorney, a potential ally or adversary, she isn't sure which. Carefully observed and psychologically authentic, this first Irene Chavez mystery blends rich character development and a strong sense of place with the intricate plotting of a traditional procedural.
Publisher: [S.I.] : The Permanent Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781579623371
1579623379
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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DorisWaggoner
Aug 09, 2017

Irene Chavez, veteran detective of the LAPD, has returned to her roots in rural SW WA state, where she's the only woman detective in the Mason Co. sheriff's dept. She's also the single mother of a 14 year old son, one big reason for the move, as she wants him to grow up the way his long-dead father would have wanted him to. This first in a projected series is a page turner. Irene's on her own when a woman dies in what appears to be a sailing accident off the shores of an island in South Puget Sound, because her boss is on vacation and others are busy with other cases. Anne was a good sailor, knowing these waters well, as her rich family has owned the property for decades and congregates here every August. Anne is the youngest child in the family, at 29, a psychiatrist like her famous father. Her two older siblings are the children of his first marriage, but Anne's his favorite, charismatic and beautiful. The whole family, friends and neighbors keep telling Irene, "Everyone loved Anne." The family wants Irene to call it an accident, and release the body so they can get on with their lives. Unfortunately, Anne's head wound can't have been caused by the boom on the boat, so Irene investigates it as a homicide. Jenkins' sense of place, character, and pacing are all incredible, and this book has the makings of the beginning of a great series.

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