Random Road

Random Road

Introducing Geneva Chase

Book - 2017
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This suspenseful story will appeal to readers who enjoy hard-nosed investigative reporters such as Brad Parks's Carter Ross." -Library Journal STARRED review
It's a crime scene worthy of Hieronymus Bosch, so shocking and so senseless it challenges the local law and intrigues veteran reporter Geneva Chase whose career may be dying alongside that of her small town newspaper.
The Sheffield Post headline shouts, "Cops Call Murder Scene 'Slaughterhouse." On the scene, Genie spurs the Deputy Police Chief to tell her quietly, "Six bodies. . . all nude. . . hacked to pieces." Even tough Geneva shivers. How could such a slaughter happen on Connecticut's moneyed Gold Coast? To privileged couples inside a historic 1898 Queen Anne mansion on the shoreline of Long Island Sound? Where is the protection afforded by the gated community and the security technology in place?
For Geneva, battling alcoholism and bad choices, writing this story isthe last chance to redeem herself. She's lost every other major news job she's had. Working at her hometown newspaper is the end of the line-there will be nowhere else to go.
But ink still flows thick in her veins. Her story on Sheffield's unlikely killing field is the Post's lead, soon picked up by metro papers, and she keeps it, exposing the turbulence beneath the rich and entitleds' secrets, their ability to buy off embarrassments. She's also tracking community connections, watching a hit-and-run case disappear through a large donation, interviewing dangerous suspects, visiting a swingers club, joining cops for a burglary bust, and taking a guided tour to spot history's underwater ghost.
All this despite the distractions of the married man she can't quite ditch and the sweet if shaky love affair she starts with an old high school sweetheart. Can she keep her drinking under control and do her job well enough to keep from getting fired, finish the story, not further screw up her life? And not get killed? Thomas Kies' gripping first novel with its corkscrew of a plot, asks, "Do things happen for a reason, or is everything random?"
Random Road is Thomas Kies' debut novel.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781464208003
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number: KIES, T


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Jul 14, 2017

About half way through this book, I was thinking that, for a very intelligent young woman, she makes really dumb decisions about men: She's had three failed marriages and currently having an an affair with a sleazeball who is married and knows that his knows that he is having an affair and with whom; and Geneva knows that he is a sleazeball who is married and knows that his wife knows that he is having an affair and with whom. To top it off, Geneva is a committed alcoholic, and her supervisors have threatened to fire her, despite their respect for her journalistic skills, unless she gets her act together. In other words, Geneva is a multi-dimensional character: a newspaper reporter respected by her peers and the Sheffield police, intelligent, and driven, yet a flawed individual who makes dumb decisions about men and has a serious drinking problem.

At the end of the book, Geneva is a recovering alcoholic, sober for eleven months and a guardian, who is taking steps to adopt the thirteen year-old daughter of a deceased life-long friend. (In some ways, Geneva Chase has morphed into Harry Bosch.)

Will being a single mother who loves the thirteen year-old girl and who loves her back be able to remain sober while coping with the mood swings of a growing teenager? I look forward to the second Geneva Chase mystery to find out.

May 20, 2017

I just finished this book and loved it! It's a great story full of believable characters and
some very human feelings. The main character is likable and knows she has flaws but
we're all pulling for her. The murder mystery which is woven through the book is
very enticing and fits in with all the other storylines. If this is the first of a series,
I'm looking forward to the next installment.


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